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Overview

Exceptional. Current. First-rate. Comprehensive. Accessible. Well-researched. These are some of the adjectives that have been regularly applied to the highly regarded earlier editions of Building Communication Theory. Now updated, the Third Edition of this widely used volume continues to present introductory students with a solid foundation in basic communication theory. While other textbooks are removed from practical experience, Building Communication Theory provides a sense of currency and immediacy that makes communication theory engaging. Infante, Rancer, and Womack’s first-rate presentation incorporates several distinctive features: presents complex material in clear, interesting, and user-friendly prose; helps students see the connection between theory and practical applications by using realistic examples; emphasizes the complementary relationship of theory building and research in the discipline; reviews the basic concepts and trends in particular areas of research followed by more in-depth examination of selected theories; studies theory under the frameworks of the laws, human action, and systems perspectives; illustrates how to question, test, and become a critic of theories; includes intercultural, family, political, and health communication as contexts of communication theory; and includes an extensive, 20-page glossary.
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Revision of the textbook first published in 1990. Available from Waveland Press, Inc., PO Box 400, Prospect Heights, IL 60070. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577662709
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Theory Building in Communication
1 Introduction to Studying Communication
2 Points of View about Theory
3 Paradigms and Communication Theory
Pt. II Theory Building in Major Approaches to Communication
4 Trait Approaches
5 Persuasion Approaches
6 Verbal Behavior Approaches
7 Nonverbal Behavior Approaches
Pt. III Theory Building in Communication Contexts
8 Interpersonal Contexts
9 Group Contexts
10 Organizational Contexts
11 Mass Media Contexts
12 Building Communication Theory: A Focus on Applied Contexts
Conclusion
Glossary
References
Name Index
Subject Index
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