Making Connections: Readings in Relational Communication / Edition 3

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The fourth edition of Making Connections has been updated, expanded, and reorganized to reflect the changing field of relational communication. New essays address emerging topics--including anti-comforting messages, friendship in urban tribes, and discourse-dependent families--while a new section on the "dark side" of communication features articles on such topics as lying and irresolvable conflicts. Three new essays in the technology section reflect current thinking on Internet-based interpersonal relationships; communication norms in an online support group; and how student use of technology challenges existent communication theories. This edition also adds a complete subject index and is accompanied by an Instructor's Manual.

Continuing the successful tradition and framework of previous editions, the fourth edition of Making Connections:

• Employs the "lenses" of gender, family, and culture to view and make sense of relational communication

• Offers a well-rounded discussion of the links between basic communication competencies and relationships

• Features a developmental approach in terms of initiating, sustaining, and ending relationships

• Reflects direct applications of relational issues within contexts of family, friendship, and technology

• Explores issues relating to computer-mediated communication and new technologies in everyday life

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Editorial Reviews

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A collection of student-friendly articles intended as a supplement for courses in interpersonal communication, exploring the connections between communication and the development, maintenance, and dissolution of significant relationships in varying contexts. Articles on subjects such as perceptual filters including culture and gender, and communication at work, include section and article introductions explaining key concepts, plus discussion questions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"The fact that I've been using Making Connections since 1996 shows that it meets my needs and, more importantly, those of our students. . . . The strengths include the wide range of authors, the flexibility of each new edition to incorporate new research and new scholars, and the emphasis on relational contexts instead of the usual canon of chapters on 'the self' and 'nonverbal communication.'"--Bryan Crow, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

"The chapters are very readable, even for undergraduates who have little or no experience reading primary texts, making it a great introduction to BOTH interpersonal communication and academic writing. I also really appreciate that the chapters focus on very specific topics and are written by leading researchers in that particular area--this is a key strength of the book!"--Melissa Broeckelman-Post, Ohio University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931719056
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1902
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 381

Meet the Author

Kathleen M. Galvin is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University.

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Table of Contents

Each Part opens with an Introduction.

* = updated
** = new

Preface
Acknowledgments
Contributors

PART I: COMMUNICATION FOUNDATIONS IN RELATIONSHIPS

*1. The Communication Process: Impersonal and Interpersonal--Kathleen M. Galvin and Charles A. Wilkinson

**2. Principles of Interpersonal Communication--Julia Wood

3. The Relational Perspective--William W. Wilmot

*4. Theories of Relational Communication--Lynn H. Turner and Richard West

PART II: BUILDING BLOCKS

5. Elements of Language--Rudolph F. Verderber and Kathleen S. Verderber

6. Listening and Feedback: The Other Half of Communication--Thomas E. Harris and John C. Sherblom

7. Helpful Listening and Responding--David Johnson

8. Elements of Nonverbal Communication--Mark L. Knapp and Judith A. Hall

**9. Technology as a Building Block--Brandon Grill

PART III: PERCEPTUAL PROCESSES AND COMMUNICATION

A. Perception and Self-Concept

10. Perceiving the Self--Ronald B. Adler and George Rodman

11. Four Important Cognitive Processes--Daniel J. Canary, Michael J. Cody, and Valerie L. Manusov

B. Perceptual Filters

Culture

12. The Necessity of Intercultural Communication--James Neuliep

Family

**13. Family-of-Origin Influences--Kathleen M. Galvin, Carma L. Bylund, and Bernard J. Brommel

Gender

* 14. Growing Up Masculine, Growing Up Feminine--Julia T. Wood

PART IV: DEVELOPING AND SUSTAINING RELATIONSHIPS

15. Relationship Stages: A Communication Perspective--Mark L. Knapp and Anita L. Vangelisti

16. From Miscegenation to Multiculturism: Perceptions and Stages of Interracial Relationship Development--Anita K. Foeman and Teresa Nance

*17. Expressing Affection: A Vocabulary of Loving Messages--Charles A. Wilkinson and Lauren H. Grill

18. Face Management in Interpersonal Communication--William R. Cupach and Sandra Metts

*19. Belly Button Fuzz and a Wicky-Wacky Cake: Rituals in Our Personal Relationships--Carol J. S. Bruess

20. The What, When, Who, and Why of Nagging in Interpersonal Relationships--Kari P. Soule

21. Communicating Forgiveness--Douglas L. Kelley

PART V: STRUGGLING IN RELATIONSHIPS

*22. Collaborative Negotiation--Joyce L. Hocker and William W. Wilmot

**23. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most--Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen

24. I Can't Talk About It Now--Julia T. Wood

*25. Irresolvable Interpersonal Conflicts: Students' Perceptions of Common Topics, Possible Reasons for Persistence, and Communication Patterns--Courtney Waite Miller

26. Anti-Comforting Messages--Dale Hample

**27. Intercultural-Intimate Conflict: Major Obstacles--Stella Ting-Toomey and Leeva C. Chung

28. Lying--Mark L. Knapp and Anita L. Vangelisti

PART VI: ENDING RELATIONSHIPS

29. Relational Decline--Mark L. Knapp and Anita L. Vangelisti

30. The Dark Side--Brian H. Spitzberg

31. Why Marriages Fail--John Gottman

*32. The Worst Part Is, We Don't Even Talk Anymore: Post-Dissolutional Communication in Break Up Stories--Jody Koenig Kellas and Sai Sato

PART VII: CONTEXTS

A. Family

33. Family Ground Rules--Elizabeth Stone

34. Claiming Family Identity Communicatively: Discourse Dependent Families--Kathleen M. Galvin

*35. Adult Siblings' Use of Relational Maintenance Across the Sibling Lifespan--Scott A. Myers

**36. Mother-Child Play: Collaboration or Power Struggle?--Steven R. Wilson, Felicia Roberts, and Elizabeth Munz

B. Friends

37. Being There for Friends--William K. Rawlins

38. Urban Tribes--Ethan Watters

*39. Communication in Cross-Gender Friendships--Lea Stewart, Pamela Cooper, Alan Stewart, and Sheryl Friedley

C. Technology

**40. Technology and Interpersonal Communication--Richard West and Lynn H. Turner

**41. The Future of the Internet III: The Internet and the Evolution of Social Tolerance--Lee Rainie and Janna Anderson

*42. Communicating in a Connected World--Katrina Shonbeck

Epilogue

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