Persuasion: Theory and Context

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Reardon views persuasion as not only the means for selling goods or political parties — something that one person or group does to another. She also sees it as an exchange, a way of defining our self identity, our personal opinions and our shared ideals. She applies a fresh sensitivity towards the situational complexity of persuasion in her study of interpersonal, organizational, and mass media persuasion.

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Overview

Reardon views persuasion as not only the means for selling goods or political parties — something that one person or group does to another. She also sees it as an exchange, a way of defining our self identity, our personal opinions and our shared ideals. She applies a fresh sensitivity towards the situational complexity of persuasion in her study of interpersonal, organizational, and mass media persuasion.

'...choose this volume for a class or seminar on communication theory because it is a thoughtful and useful explication and polemic for a rules perspective on communication, with particular reference to persuasion...whether you choose it for one class or another or none at all, do not miss choosing to read it.' — Quarte

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Kathleen Kelley Reardon is professor of management at the University of Southern California Marshall School where she has served on the preventive medicine faculty. She is the author of seven books, including the Amazon Best Seller, The Secret Handshake and It’s All Politics about how politics impacts the careers of individuals and missions of organizations. She is the author of Persuasion in Practice (Sage) and three-time Harvard Business Review author– her latest article is “Courage At Work.” She was co-principal investigator and author on the feasibility study that launched Starbright later chaired by Steven Spielberg and conjoined with Starlight. Dr. Reardon was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Mortar Board, received her Ph.D. “With Distinction” from UMASS, Amherst, and has been a political analyst with The Huffington Post (www.huffingtonpost.com).

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