Making Connections : Readings in Relational Communication

ISBN-10: 0935732756
ISBN-13: 9780935732757
Edition: 1st
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Edition: 1st
Publisher: Roxbury Publishing Company
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 325
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Contributorsp. xviii
Communication Foundations in Relationships
Introductionp. 1
The Communication Process: Impersonal and Interpersonalp. 4
The Relational Perspectivep. 11
Theories of Relational Communicationp. 20
Connecting Point: Simple-Songp. 33
Perceptual Processes and Communication
Perception and Self-Concept
Introductionp. 35
Perceiving the Selfp. 37
Four Important Cognitive Processesp. 42
Perceptual Filters
Introductionp. 52
Culture
The Necessity of Intercultural Communicationp. 54
Connecting Point: Thoughts on Communicating in Another Culturep. 60
When Miss America Was Always Whitep. 64
Family
Family Ground Rulesp. 70
Why Examine Family Background?p. 79
Gender
Growing Up Masculine, Growing Up Femininep. 83
'Put That Paper Down and Talk to Me!': Rapport-Talk and Report-Talkp. 91
When Black Women Talk With White Women: Why Dialogues Are Difficultp. 103
Building Blocks
Introductionp. 111
Elements of Languagep. 113
Listening and Feedback: The Other Half of Communicationp. 122
Connecting Point: How to Be a Good Listenerp. 130
Elements of Nonverbal Communicationp. 132
Context as Communication: McDonald's vs. Burger Kingp. 143
Developing Relationships
Introductionp. 155
Relationship Stages: A Communication Perspectivep. 158
From Miscegenation to Multiculturism: Perceptions and Stages of Interracial Relationship Developmentp. 166
The Relationships of Lesbians and of Gay Menp. 171
Connecting Point: Talk to Mep. 178
Sustaining Relationships
Introductionp. 181
Expressing Affection: A Vocabulary of Loving Messagesp. 183
Face Management in Interpersonal Communicationp. 191
The Rules You Live Byp. 199
Belly Button Fuzz and Wicky-Wacky Cake: Rituals in Our Personal Relationshipsp. 206
The What, When, Who, and Why of Nagging in Interpersonal Relationshipsp. 215
Communicating Forgivenessp. 222
Connecting Point: A Mom's Lifep. 233
Struggling in Relationships
Introductionp. 235
Collaborative Negotiationp. 237
I Can't Talk About It Nowp. 245
Who's Responsible for What?p. 252
Why Marriages Failp. 258
Connecting Point: Don't Talk: Communication Rules in the Alcoholic Familyp. 267
Ending Relationships
Introductionp. 271
Relational Declinep. 273
Dialectical Process in the Disengagement of Interpersonal Relationshipsp. 277
'The Worst Part Is, We Don't Even Talk Anymore': Post-Dissolutional Communication in Break Up Storiesp. 284
Connecting Point: The Keyp. 294
Contexts
Family
Introductionp. 297
Sibling Use of Relational Maintenance Behaviorsp. 300
Communication Within Stepfamily Systemsp. 309
Communicating About Sex With Parents and Partnersp. 317
Child Physical Abuse: The Relevance of Communication Researchp. 325
Connecting Point: Celebrations Come Naturally for Somep. 331
Friends
Introductionp. 333
Being There for Friendsp. 335
Friendship and Agingp. 338
Communication in Cross-Gender Friendshipsp. 344
Technology
Introductionp. 352
Teenage Life Online: The Rise of the Instant-Message Generation and the Internet's Impact on Friendships and Family Relationshipsp. 354
Electronic Parenting, or It Takes a (Listserv) Village to Raise Families With Disabilitiesp. 362
The Human Moment at Workp. 373
Connecting Point: E-Mail Communication and Emotionsp. 380
Conclusionp. 381
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