First Look at Communication Theory / Edition 8

First Look at Communication Theory / Edition 8

by Em Griffin
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First Look at Communication Theory / Edition 8

The ninth edition of A First Look at Communication Theory justifies again the program’s enduring popularity. Em Griffin, now joined by colleagues Andrew Ledbetter and Glenn Sparks, encourages students who are encountering the field for the first time to tackle theories without fear. The authors introduce 32 diverse theories that are a mix of foundational and recent scholarship and, with the benefit of numerous examples and connections to pop culture, help students apply them to their own lives. This program ensures that students have a solid foundation with which to begin understanding the relationships between theories.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900073534304
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 03/07/2011
Edition description: Net
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Andrew Ledbetter is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas. His research addresses how people use communication technology to maintain their interpersonal relationships. A related interest concerns how parent–child communication predicts health and well-being. Andrew has published more than 35 articles and received recognition for teaching excellence from both the National Communication Association and Central States Communication Association. His wife, Jessica, is a former attorney who teaches business law at Texas Christian University. With their daughters, Sydney and Kira, they enjoy involvement in their church, playing board and card games, reading, cooking, and following the TCU Horned Frogs and Kansas Jayhawks. You can reach Andrew at, visit his blog at, or follow him on Twitter via @dr_ledbetter.
Em Griffin is Professor of Communication at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he has taught for the past twenty-six years and has been chosen Teacher of the Year. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from Northwestern University. His research interest centers on the development of close friendships.
Professor Griffin is the author of three applied communication books: The Mind Changers analyzes practical techniques of persuasion; Getting Together offers research-based suggestions for effective group leadership; and Making Friends describes the way that quality interpersonal communication can build close relationships. He also speaks and leads workshops on these topics in the United States, Singapore, and the Philippines. Professor Griffin’s wife, Jean, is an artist. They have two adult children, Jim and Sharon.
Glenn Sparks is a professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University in Indiana, where he has taught for 28 years. He received his Ph.D. in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison; his research focuses on the effects of media. Glenn is the author of Media Effects Research: A Basic Overview and a personal memoir, Rolling in Dough: Lessons I Learned in a Doughnut Shop. He’s co-author of Refrigerator Rights: Our Crucial Need for Close Connection. Glenn is an avid sports fan and also enjoys trying to increase his skill playing the theremin. He is married to Cheri, a developmental therapist; they have three adult children, David, Erin, and Jordan, and one grandchild, Caleb. You can reach Glenn at

Table of Contents

A First Look at Communication Theory, 9th ed.
Preface for Instructors
Division OneOverview
Chapter 1Launching Your Study of Communication Theory
Chapter 2Talk About Theory
Chapter 3Weighing the Words
Chapter 4Mapping the Territory (Seven Traditions in the Field of Communication Theory)
Division TwoInterpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Messages
Chapter 5Symbolic Interactionism of George Herbert Mead
Chapter 6Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) of
W. Barnett Pearce & Vernon Cronen
Chapter 7Expectancy Violations Theory of Judee Burgoon
Relationship Development
Chapter 8Social Penetration Theory of Irwin Altman & Dalmas Taylor
Chapter 9Uncertainty Reduction Theory of Charles Berger
Chapter 10Social Information Processing Theory of Joseph Walther
Relationship Maintenance
Chapter 11Relational Dialectics of Leslie Baxter & Barbara Montgomery
Chapter 12 Communication Privacy Management Theory ofSandra Petronio
Chapter 13The Interactional View of Paul Watzlawick
Chapter 14Social Judgment Theory of Muzafer Sherif
Chapter 15Elaboration Likelihood Model of Richard Petty & John Cacioppo
Chapter 16Cognitive Dissonance Theory of Leon Festinger
Division ThreeGroup and Public Communication
Group Communication
Chapter 17Functional Perspective on Group Decision Making of Randy Hirokawa & Dennis Gouran
Chapter 18Symbolic Convergence Theory of Ernest Bormann
Organizational Communication
Chapter 19 Cultural Approach to Organizations of Clifford Geertz & Michael Pacanowsky
Chapter 20 Communicative Constitution of Organizations of Robert McPhee
Chapter 21 Critical Theory of Communication in Organizations of Stanly Deetz
Public Rhetoric
Chapter 22The Rhetoric of Aristotle
Chapter 23Dramatism of Kenneth Burke
Chapter 24Narrative Paradigm of Walter Fisher
Division FourMass Communication
Media and Culture
Chapter 25Media Ecology of Marshall McLuhan
Chapter 26Semiotics of Roland Barthes
Chapter 27Cultural Studies of Stuart Hall
Media Effects
Chapter 28Uses and Gratifications of Elihu Katz
Chapter 29Cultivation Theory of George Gerbner
Chapter 30Agenda-Setting Theory of Maxwell McCombs & Donald Shaw
Division FiveCultural Context
Intercultural Communication
Chapter 31Communication Accommodation Theory of Howard Giles
Chapter 32Face-Negotiation Theory of Stella Ting Toomey
Chapter 33Speech Codes Theory of Gerry Philipsen
Gender and Communication
Chapter 34Genderlect Styles of Deborah Tannen
Chapter 35Standpoint Theory of Sandra Harding & Julia Wood
Chapter 36Muted Group Theory of Cheris Kramarae
Division SixIntegration
Chapter 37Common Threads in Comm Theories
Appendix A: Abstracts of Theories
Appendix B: Feature Films that Illustrate Communication Theories
Appendix C: NCA Credo for Communication Ethics
Credits and Acknowledgements

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