A First Look at Communication Theory with Conversations with Communication Theorists CD-ROM 2.0

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  • Copyright: 2002-07-12
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This best selling text analyzes the major communication theories at a level appropriate for both lower and upper level courses. The material is presented in a coherent manner and strikes a balance between humanistic, scientific, classical, and contemporary theories. (In contrast to previous editions--no theories have been dropped.) Ethics are covered throughout the text. A First Look at Communication Theory is the most widely used textbook for the communication theory course.

Table of Contents

Part One: Overview


1. Talk about Theory

2. Mapping the Territory

3. Weighing the Words (Bormann)

Part Two: Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Messages

4. Symbolic Interactionism (Mead)

5. Coordinated Management of Meaning (Pearce & Cronen)

6. Expectancy Violations Theory (Burgoon)

7. Interpersonal Deception Theory (Buller & Burgoon)

Ethical Reflections

Kants Categorical Imperative

Augustines Divine Will

Boks Principle of Veracity

Cognitive Processing

8. Constructivism (Delia)

Relationship Development

9. Social Penetration Theory (Altman & Taylor)

10. Uncertainty Reduction Theory (Berger)

Relationship Maintenance

11. Relational Dialectics (Baxter & Montgomery)

12. The Interactional View (Watzlawick)


13. Social Judgment Theory (Sherif)

14. Elaboration Likelihood Model (Petty & Cacioppo)

15. Cognitive Dissonance Theory (Festinger)

Ethical Reflections

Bubers Dialogic Ethics

Nilsens Significant Choice

Part Three: Group and Public Communication

Group Decision Making

16. Functional Perspective on Group Decision Making (Hirokawa & Gouran)

17. Adaptive Structuration Theory (Poole)

Organizational Communication

18. Information Systems Approach to Organizations (Weick)

19. Cultural Approach to Organizations (Geertz & Pacanowsky)

20. Critical Theory of Communication Approach to Organizations (Deetz)

Public Rhetoric

21. The Rhetoric (Aristotle)

22. Dramatism (Burke)

23. Narrative Paradigm (Fisher)

Ethical Reflections

Aristotles Golden Mean

Wests Prophetic Pragmatism

Part Four: Mass Communication

Media and Culture

24. Technological Determinism (McLuhan)

25. Semiotics (Barthes)

26. Cultural Studies (Hall)

Media Effects

27. Cultivation Theory (Gerbner)

28. Agenda-Setting Theory (McCombs & Shaw)

29. The Media Equation (Reeves & Nass)

Ethical Reflections

Habermas Discourse Ethics

Christians Communitarian Ethics

Part Five: Cultural Context

Intercultural Communication

30. Anxiety/Uncertainty Management Theory (Gudykunst)

31. Face-Negotiation Theory (Ting-Toomey)

32. Speech Codes Theory (Philipsen)

Gender and Communication

33. Genderlect Styles (Tannen)

34. Standpoint Theory (Harding & Wood)

35. Muted Group Theory (Kramarae)

Ethical Reflections

Gilligans Different Voice

Benhabibs Interactive Universalism

Part Six: Integration

Communication Theory

36. Order Out of Chaos


A. Glossary

B. Abstracts of Theories

C. Academic Journals That Focus on Communication Theory

D. Feature Films That Illustrate Communication Theory

E. The National Communication Association Credo for Communication Ethics

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