Ecological Perspective on Human Communication Theory

Ecological Perspective on Human Communication Theory

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Ecological Perspective on Human Communication Theory

AN ECOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE ON HUMAN COMMUNICATION THEORY introduces communication students to both research and theory at an undergraduate level and avoids extensive discussion of philosophical and epistemological issues. The ecological/interdisciplinary approach synthesizes information from diverse fields, including anthropology, biology, linguistics, psychology, and sociology. A student manual at the back of the book includes activities, discussion questions, recommended readings, and videos.

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ISBN-13: 9780155002715
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 10/14/1994
Pages: 442
Product dimensions: 7.53(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.74(d)

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PART I: ECOLOGY OF COMMUNICATION: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. 1. A Rationale for an Ecological Perspective on Communication. 2. Communication and Survival. 3. The Ghosts of our Ancestors: The Development of Communication, from Tools to Television. 4. Origins of Contemporary Communication Theory: A History. PART II: SOCIAL, MENTAL, AND IDEOLOGICAL ECOLOGIES. 5. Communication and the Social Environment. 6. The Ecology of Ideas: Opinion Formation and Change. 7. The Ecology of Ideas: Cognitive Processing, Critical Thinking and Social Influence. PART III: ECOLOGICAL ROLE OF MESSAGES. 8. Theories of Language Meaning. 9. Research on Language Effects. 10. Functions of Nonverbal Communication in Social Relationships. PART IV: TYPES OF COMMUNICATION ECOLOGIES. 11. Interpersonal Relationships. 12. Groups. 13. Mediated Communication. 14. Communication and Culture.

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