Interpersonal Communication

ISBN-10: 0195170741
ISBN-13: 9780195170740
Edition: 5th 2003 (Revised)
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List price: $71.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/28/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Interpersonal Communication interweaves current research and theory with the skills needed to communicate effectively in today's complex and diverse "global village." Now in its fifth edition, this bestseller explains the principles and theoretical underpinnings of interpersonal communication while enriching students' everyday interactions with new interpersonal skills. The authors' five-point model of communication competence focuses on the keys to becoming a better communicator. Introduced in the first chapter and employed throughout the book, this useful model emphasizes how communication constructs relationships and how relationships in turn encourage or constrain communication practices. Every chapter contains fascinating applications of communication practices. Drawn from anthropology, ethnology, history, psychology, and popular culture, these applications illustrate how the information and skills needed for effective interpersonal communication can enrich students' enjoyment of most of life's activities. Interpersonal Communication, 5/e, is ideal for introductory classes on interpersonal communication. Revised and Updated for the Fifth Edition * Chapter 4, Verbal Competence, consolidates material on gender and language previously covered in separate chapters. It presents traditional findings and accompanying criticisms side-by-side in order to encourage careful interpretation and discussion. * Chapter 8, Self Competence, includes an expanded discussion and a new case study on the best way to handle coming-out disclosures-a topic that college students are encountering more and more frequently. * Chapter 11, Intimate Relationships, provides additional information on factors that lead to the break-up of personal relationships and discusses how gender roles affect relational satisfaction. It also offers a sampling of John Gottman's seminal work on relational conflict. * Chapter 12, Professional Relationships, has been revised substantially. It contains new sections on organized narratives and ritual, as well as discussions of how to manage professional relationships and set boundaries to separate home, work, and community. * Chapter 13, Cultural and Historical Influences, features a new discussion of several basic variables that define cultural difference, followed by an examination of how American cultural patterns fit those variables.

Each chapter ends with Skill Building and Process to Performance
Preface
Introductory Perspectives
Introduction: Communication and Competence
What is Communication?
Definitions of Human Communication
Characteristics of Communication
A Model of Communicative Competence
Individual Knowledge and Communicative Competence
Social Context and Communicative Competence
The Link Between Process and Performance
Bonzo Goes to College: Attempts to Teach Language to Primates
Insulting the Meat: An Interpersonal Communication Ritual
Research in Review: Communication Competence in the Classroom
Screening Room: Meet the Parents
Interpersonal Communication: Building Relationships
What is Interpersonal Communication: The Nature of Dyads
The Situational Approach to Interpersonal Communication
The Developmental Approach to Interpersonal Communication
The Role of Interpersonal Communication in Relationships
What Is a Relationship?
The Characteristics of Relationships
Relational Paths: Intimacy and Distance
Interpersonal Profiles: Private and Public Paths
Independence vs. Conformity: A Basic Interpersonal Dilemma
Building Relationships: What Does it Take to be Relationally Competent?
Communication Competence and Relationships
Some Characteristics of Healthy Relationships
The Neuroscience of Love: Why We Need Relationships
Mind Your Manners: Some Social Functions of Etiquette
Research in Review: How Childhood Relationships Can Make Us Sick
Screening Room: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Part 2
Nonverbal Competence
What is Nonverbal Communication?
Spontaneous Communication
Symbolic Communication
The Power of Nonverbal Codes
The Functions of Nonverbal Codes
Expressing Meaning
Modifying Verbal Messages
Regulating the Flow of Interaction
The Structure of Nonverbal Codes: Visual, Auditory, and Invisible Communication
Visual Communication: Proxemics, Kinesics, and Artifacts
Auditory Communication
Invisible Communication
Balancing Nonverbal Codes: Compensating and Reciprocating
Expectancy Violations Theory
Cognitive Valence Theory
Compensating and Reciprocating in Everyday Life
The Interplay of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
A Nonlinear History of Handshaking
The "Guarded Self": How to Avoid Being Seen in Public
Research in Review: Detecting Deception from Nonverbal Behavior
Screening Room: Freaky Friday
Verbal Competence
What is Language?
Differences Between the Verbal and Nonverbal Codes
Characteristics of the Verbal Code
The Functions of Language
The Structure of Language: Three Levels of Meaning
Semantic meaning: Language at the Level of the Word
Syntactic Meaning: Language at the Level of the Utterance
Pragmatic Meaning: Language at the Level of the Speech Act
Language, Power, and Politics
Linguistic Determinism: The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
Language, Thought, and Action: Language and Naming
Group Membership and Language Use: Discourse and Identity
Speaking with Names: An Apache Language Ritual
Talking Tough in Teamsterville: Male Role Enactment in an Urban Community
Research in Review: Polite

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