Theorizing Communication Readings Across Traditions

ISBN-10: 1412952379
ISBN-13: 9781412952378
Edition: 2007
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List price: $99.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.002
Language: English

Theorizing Communication: Reading Across Traditions is the first collection of primary-source readings built around the idea that communication theory is a field with an identifiable history and has developed within seven main traditions of thought-the rhetorical, semiotic, phenomenological, cybernetic, sociopsychological, sociocultural, and critical traditions. These seven traditions are seen as such when looking at the works of communication theorists within the larger idea that conceptions of communication are socially and historically situated and that theories arise when scholars work to make sense of problems or difficulties that are encountered with their sociocultural environments. The readings have been chosen so as to stimulate discussion about the idea of traditions as well as to provide grounding in key concepts necessary to the exploration of particular traditions. This collection is designed to move student readers beyond thinking that theories are something that simply exist and can or cannot be applied. In addition to showing the history of each tradition, the selected readings also highlight contemporary interpretations, new directions, and//or hybrid approaches. Significant original introductions help to explain, locate, and complexity the readings. Each unit ends with suggested further readings as well as in-depth projects that help students apply and extend the unit's key ideas. The volume is designed for a masters or an upper division undergraduate level communication theory class, but also has relevance for others who are interested in understanding the history and diversity of approaches taken to theory in the communication discipline. It can be used as a stand-alone text or to supplement a standard textbook.

Introduction
Historical and Cultural Sources of Communication Theory
Introduction to Unit I
Metaphors Concerning Speech in Homer
The Spiritualist Tradition
The Invention of Communication
A Cultural Approach to Communication
Projects for Theorizing the Historical and Cultural Sources of Communication Theory
Metatheory: Communication Theory as a Field
Introduction to Unit II
Communication Theory as a Field
Projects for Metatheorizing
The Rhetorical Tradition
Introduction to Unit III
Gorgias - Plato
Rhetoric - Aristotle
A Rhetoric of Motives
Beyond Persuasion: A Proposal for an Invitational Rhetoric
Projects for Rhetorical Theorizing
The Semiotic Tradition
Introduction to Unit IV
The Abuse of Words
What Is a Sign?
The Object of Linguistics
The Photographic Message
Communication With Aliens
Projects for Semiotic Theorizing
The Phenomenological Tradition
Introduction to Unit V
The Problem of Experiencing Someone Else
Dialogue
The Hermeneutical Experience
Deconstructing Communication
Projects for Phenomenological Theorizing
The Cybernetic Tradition
Introduction to Unit VI
Cybernetics in History
Some Tentative Axioms of Communication
The Limited Capacity Model of Mediated Message Processing
What Is Communication?
Projects for Cybernetic Theorizing
The Sociopsychological Tradition
Introduction to Unit VII
Social Communication
Some Explorations in Initial Interaction and Beyond
Social Cognitive Theory of Mass Communication
The Small Group Should Be the Fundamental Unit of Communication Research
Projects for Sociopsychological Theorizing
The Sociocultural Tradition
Introduction to Unit VIII
The Social Foundations and Functions of Thought and Communication
The Mode of Information and Postmodernity
Communication as the Modality of Structuration
Good to Talk?
Projects for Sociocultural Theorizing
The Critical Tradition
Introduction to Unit IX
The German Ideology
The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception
Truth and Society: The Discursive Redemption of Factual Claims to Validity
Systematically Distorted Communication and Discursive Closure
Paris Iis Always More Than Paris
Projects for Critical Theorizing
Concluding Reflections
Index

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