Bridges Not Walls: A Book About Interpersonal Communication / Edition 11

Bridges Not Walls: A Book About Interpersonal Communication / Edition 11

by John Stewart
     
 

Since the first edition in 1973, Bridges Not Walls has examined the power and promise of interpersonal communication in intimate relationships, families, communities, and cultures. The text presents a broad range of scholarly and popular articles drawn from several disciplines, including communication, psychology, and philosophy, all chosen for their

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Since the first edition in 1973, Bridges Not Walls has examined the power and promise of interpersonal communication in intimate relationships, families, communities, and cultures. The text presents a broad range of scholarly and popular articles drawn from several disciplines, including communication, psychology, and philosophy, all chosen for their understandability and practical applicability. Within these readings are thought-provoking discussions of interpersonal contact, identity-management, verbal and nonverbal cues, perception, listening, assertiveness and self-disclosure, family communication, intimacy and social support, defensiveness and hurtful communication, conflict management, culture, and dialogue. Together, the readings emphasize the social and relational elements of human communication, the overlapping influence of verbal and nonverbal cues, the prominence of culture, and the close connection between quality of communication and quality of life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780073534312
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date:
06/17/2011
Edition description:
List
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
129,771
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introduction to the editor and to this book3
Ch. 2Defining communication and interpersonal communication14
Communicating and interpersonal communicating16
On communication43
Toward study of the consequentiality (not consequences) of communication47
Fierce conversations49
The communication panacea57
Ch. 3Defining ourselves as communicators62
Constructing identities64
The rudiments of social intelligence76
Meaning and values85
Maintaining the self in communication95
Hispanic110
Ch. 4Making contact verbally and nonverbally114
Verbal and nonverbal dimensions of talk115
Paying attention to words141
Nonverbal communication : basic perspectives148
Functions of nonverbal behavior164
Ch. 5Understanding and listening : communication as inhaling175
Interpretive competence : how we perceive individuals, relationships, and social events177
It's only skin deep : stereotyping and totalizing others191
What is listening?198
Being a good listener205
Above all, just listen213
Empathic and dialogic listening219
Ch. 6Engaging others : communication as exhaling238
Being open with and to other people240
Expressing249
Putting feelings into words261
What to tell : deciding when, how, and what to self-disclose268
Confronting emotional abuse276
Ch. 7Communicating with family and friends287
Working with what we've got : the strengths and vulnerabilities of today's families289
Intimacy and closeness within families309
Our friends, ourselves327
In search of an ethics of personal relationships341
Ch. 8Communicating with intimate partners352
Intimate relationships354
Moving beyond sex and gender stereotypes366
Gendered standpoints on personal relationships377
Staying close when apart : intimacy and meaning in long-distance dating relationships385
Romance in cyberspace : understanding online attraction392
Ch. 9Recognizing communication walls403
Deception, betrayal, and aggression405
Messages that hurt417
Patterns of interactional confirmation and disconfirmation429
The 48 laws of power440
Power : the structure of conflict452
Children and verbal abuse466
Ch. 10Managing conflict by turning walls into bridges473
Conflict and interaction475
Communication spirals, paradoxes, and conundrums489
Taking responsibility without blaming505
Handling the break-up of relationships514
How to resolve issues unmemorably523
Conflict transformation533
Ch. 11Bridging cultural differences541
Building relationships with diverse others543
The same and different : crossing boundaries of color, culture, sexual preference, disability, and age556
There's a white man in my bed : scenes from an interracial marriage573
When black women talk with white women : why dialogues are difficult581
Ch. 12Promoting dialogue590
The roots of debate in education and the hope of dialogue592
Relational responsibility and dialogue600
A conversation with a center, not sides606
Dialogue's basic tension613
Skillful discussion : protocols for reaching a decision - mindfully623
Ch. 13A teacher's approach635
Every student teaches and every teacher learns : the reciprocal gift of discussion teaching637
Ch. 14A counselor's approach656
Experiences in communication658
Ch. 15A spiritual approach666
Leading from within : out of the shadow, into the light668
Ch. 16A philosopher's approach679
Elements of the interhuman684

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