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First Look at Communication Theory

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ISBN-10: 0073534307

ISBN-13: 9780073534305

Edition: 8th 2012

Authors: Em Griffin

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The most widely-used textbook for the communication theory course, A First Look at Communication Theoryanalyzes the major communication theories at a level that is appropriate for both lower- and upper-level courses. The theories represented in the text reflect a mix of foundational and recent scholarship and strike a balance of scientific and interpretive approaches.
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List price: $200.00
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 3/7/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Em Griffin is Professor of Communication at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he has taught for the past twenty-six years and has been chosen Teacher of the Year. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from Northwestern University. His research interest centers on the development of close friendships.Professor Griffin is the author of three applied communication books: The Mind Changers analyzes practical techniques of persuasion; Getting Together offers research-based suggestions for effective group leadership; and Making Friends describes the way that quality interpersonal communication can…    

Preface for Instructors
Launching Your Study of Communication Theory
Talk About Theory
Weighing the Words
Mapping the Territory (Seven Traditions in the Field of Communication Theory)
Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Messages
Symbolic Interactionism of George Herbert Mead
Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) of W. Barnett Pearce & Vernon Cronen
Expectancy Violations Theory of Judee Burgoon
Constructivism of Jesse Delia
Relationship Development
Social Penetration Theory of Irwin Altman & Dalmas Taylor
Uncertainty Reduction Theory of Charles Berger
Social Information Processing Theory of Joseph Walther
Relationship Maintenance
Relational Dialectics of Leslie Baxter & Barbara Montgomery
Communication Privacy Management Theory of Sandra Petronio
The Interactional View of Paul Watzlawick
Social Judgment Theory of Muzafer Sherif
Elaboration Likelihood Model of Richard Petty & John Cacioppo
Cognitive Dissonance Theory of Leon Festinger
Group and Public Communication
Group Communication
Functional Perspective on Group Decision Making of Randy Hirokawa & Dennis Gouran
Symbolic Convergence Theory of Ernest Bormann
Organizational Communication
Cultural Approach to Organizations of Clifford Geertz & Michael Pacanowsky
Critical Theory of Communication in Organizations of Stanly Deetz
Public Rhetoric
The Rhetoric of Aristotle
Dramatism of Kenneth Burke
Narrative Paradigm of Walter Fisher
Mass Communication
Media and Culture
Media Ecology of Marshall McLuhan
Semiotics of Roland Barthes
Cultural Studies of Stuart Hall
Media Effects
Uses and Gratifications of Elihu Katz
Cultivation Theory of George Gerbner
Agenda-Setting Theory of Maxwell McCombs & Donald Shaw
Cultural Context
Intercultural Communication
Communication Accommodation Theory of Howard Giles
Face-Negotiation Theory of Stella Ting Toomey
Speech Codes Theory of Gerry Philipsen
Gender and Communication
Genderlect Styles of Deborah Tannen
Standpoint Theory of Sandra Harding & Julia Wood
Muted Group Theory of Cheris Kramarae
Division Six: Integration
Common Threads in Comm Theories
Abstracts of Theories
Feature Films that Illustrate Communication Theories
NCA Credo for Ethical Communication
Credits and Acknowledgements