The most widely-used textbook for the communication theory course, A First Look at Communication Theory analyzes 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.
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 build close relationships. He also speaks and leads workshops on these topics in the United States, Singapore, and the Philippines. Professor Griffin’s wife, Jean, is an artist. They have two
A First Look at Communication Theory, 9th ed.ContentsPreface for Instructors Division One OverviewChapter 1 Launching Your Study of Communication Theory Chapter 2 Talk About Theory Chapter 3 Weighing the Words Chapter 4 Mapping the Territory (Seven Traditions in the Field of Communication Theory) Division Two Interpersonal Communication Interpersonal Messages Chapter 5 Symbolic Interactionism of George Herbert Mead Chapter 6 Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) of W. Barnett Pearce & Vernon Cronen Chapter 7 Expectancy Violations Theory of Judee Burgoon Relationship Development Chapter 8 Social Penetration Theory of Irwin Altman & Dalmas Taylor Chapter 9 Uncertainty Reduction Theory of Charles Berger Chapter 10 Social Information Processing Theory of Joseph Walther Relationship Maintenance Chapter 11 Relational Dialectics of Leslie Baxter & Barbara Montgomery Chapter 12 Communication Privacy Management Theory of Sandra Petronio Chapter 13 The Interactional View of Paul Watzlawick Influence Chapter 14 Social Judgment Theory of Muzafer Sherif Chapter 15 Elaboration Likelihood Model of Richard Petty & John Cacioppo Chapter 16 Cognitive Dissonance Theory of Leon Festinger Division Three Group and Public Communication Group Communication Chapter 17 Functional Perspective on Group Decision Making of Randy Hirokawa & Dennis Gouran Chapter 18 Symbolic Convergence Theory of Ernest Bormann Organizational Communication Chapter 19 Cultural Approach to Organizations of Clifford Geertz & Michael Pacanowsky Chapter 20 Communicative Constitution of Organizations of Robert McPhee Chapter 21 Critical Theory of Communication in Organizations of Stanly Deetz Public Rhetoric Chapter 22 The Rhetoric of Aristotle Chapter 23 Dramatism of Kenneth Burke Chapter 24 Narrative Paradigm of Walter Fisher Division Four Mass Communication Media and Culture Chapter 25 Media Ecology of Marshall McLuhan Chapter 26 Semiotics of Roland Barthes Chapter 27 Cultural Studies of Stuart Hall Media Effects Chapter 28 Uses and Gratifications of Elihu Katz Chapter 29 Cultivation Theory of George Gerbner Chapter 30 Agenda-Setting Theory of Maxwell McCombs & Donald ShawDivision Five Cultural Context Intercultural Communication Chapter 31 Communication Accommodation Theory of Howard GilesChapter 32 Face-Negotiation Theory of Stella Ting Toomey Chapter 33 Speech Codes Theory of Gerry Philipsen Gender and Communication Chapter 34 Genderlect Styles of Deborah Tannen Chapter 35 Standpoint Theory of Sandra Harding & Julia Wood Chapter 36 Muted Group Theory of Cheris Kramarae Division Six Integration Integration Chapter 37 Common Threads in Comm Theories Appendix A: Abstracts of Theories Appendix B: Feature Films that Illustrate Communication Theories Appendix C: NCA Credo for Communication Ethics Endnotes Credits and Acknowledgements Index