Communication and the Human Condition

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Overview

Starting with the premise that we live in communication (rather than standing outside communication and using it for secondary purposes), Pearce claims that people who live in various cultures and historical epochs not only communicate differently but experience different ways of being human because they communicate differently.

This century, he notes, ushered in the "communication revolution," the discovery that communication is far more important and central to the human condition than ever before realized. Essential to the communication revolution is the recognition that multiple forms of discourse exist in contemporary human society. Further, these forms of discourse are not benign; they comprise alternative ways of being human.

Thus communication theory must encompass all that it "means to live a life, the shape of social institutions and cultural traditions, the pragmatics of social action, and the poetics of social order."

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Pearce U. of Massachusetts examines determinants of attitude change, the shape of social institutions and cultural traditions, social order. Cloth edition, $16.95 not seen. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809314126
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1989
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 219
  • Sales rank: 1,058,739
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Barnett Pearce is Chairperson of the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2000

    Great, Insightful and Scholarly

    This book has amazing theories and objectives that when read carefully connects nicely to the art of living. While this book has the insight to encourage one to examine the soul, it is also difficult to read at times as though the authors did not finish the work for the benefit of the layman.

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