In the Company of Others

In the Company of Others : An Introduction to Communication

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Communication competence is vital for attaining most goals in life. In order to help students apply theoretical lessons to their own skills, In the Company of Others uses an organizing "communication competence model" to provide students with direction and guidance as they explore and improve their own communication processes. Marked by J. Dan Rothwell's signature wit, this new edition engages students more than ever with its lively mixture of examples (drawn from pop culture, sports, and today's headlines), anecdotes, and illustrations. Focusing on the contexts of interpersonal, small group, and public communication, this introductory text integrates coverage of gender and culture throughout, giving these areas special attention early on in Chapter 3. Further discussions include cultural differences in perception and non-verbal meanings, cross-cultural friendships and romantic relationships, and gender and cultural bias in the workplace. In addition, the text incorporates coverage of technology and its impact on communication throughout. Topics include virtual groups, technology's effect on dating relationships, and the use of PowerPoint in public speaking. The book also features distinctive coverage of power, treating it as a central variable within all communication. The streamlined third edition also presents a variety of new examples and enhanced pedagogical features: * Developing Communication Competence boxes offer self-tests that help students assess their own communication skills and progress. Topics include nonverbal communication abilities, assertiveness, listening capabilities, and responsiveness. * Focus on Controversy boxes examine ethical issues and instances in which communication research is instrumental in debunking assumptions and pop culture myths. Coverage includes cyberaddiction, the credibility of Wikipedia, the debate over animals' linguistic abilities, and the relationship between gender and aggression. * Film School sections explore communication concepts in popular films, such as conflict management in Knocked Up and family dialectics in Juno. A unique blend of research, scholarly insight, and humor, In the Company of Others, Third Edition, is ideal for introductory communication courses. SUPPLEMENTS * Companion Website: Provides resources for both students (aids for speeches, research, web usage, study guides) and instructors (links to a variety of communication-related websites, chapter outlines, lecture assistance, student activities) * Instructor's Manual: Includes an extensive Test Bank * Instructor's Resource CD-ROM: Features PowerPoint lecture slides and a computerized Test Bank * Student Success Manual: Offers study tips, chapter outlines and summaries, review questions, key terms, and critical thinking exercisesshow more

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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 200.66 x 251.46 x 15.24mm | 1,202.01g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0195336305
  • 9780195336306

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"Right from the start I was drawn in through the use of humor. Who doesn't like a good joke? Even when the laughs stopped, I kept reading. The conversational style distinguishes Rothwell from most of the introductory texts I've read."--Robert E. Mild Jr., Fairmont State University"The subject or topic headings are eye-catching for each of the chapters. This suggests a more contemporary take on the traditional topics and incorporates a more current perspective."--Jason Teven, California State University, Fullerton"I really like this framework for teaching listening. I will use the ideas in my class. . . . Wonderful ways to teach and encourage critical thinking in a basic communication textbook!"--Kimberly Cuny, University of North Carolina at Greensboroshow more

About J. Dan Rothwell

J. Dan Rothwell is Professor of Communication at Cabrillo College.show more

Table of contents

PART I: FUNDAMENTALS OF COMMUNICATION; CHAPTER 1: COMPETENT COMMUNICATION: EFFECTIVE AND APPROPRIATE; I. Benefits of Communication Competence; II. Communication Myths; III. Defining Communication; IV. Defining Communication Competence; V. Achieving Communication Competence; VI. Creating a Communication Climate; VII. Summary; VIII. Film School; BOX 1-1: Developing Communication Competence: Hindsight Bias Test; BOX 1-2: Focus on Controversy: Ethics and Hypercompetitiveness; CHAPTER 2: PERCEPTION OF SELF AND OTHERS: WHO AM I? WHO ARE THEY?; I. The Perceptual Process; II. Perception of Self; III. Perception of Others; IV. Communication Competence and Perceptual Challenges; V. Summary; VI. Film School; BOX 2-1: Focus on Controversy: Self-Esteem: More Is Not Always Better; BOX 2-2: Developing Communication Competence: Where Do You Draw the Line?; CHAPTER 3: CULTURE AND GENDER; I. Culture and Communication; II. Intercultural Miscommunication; III. Intercultural Communication Competence; IV. Gender and Communication; V. Communication Competence and Gender; VI. Summary; VII. Film School; BOX 3-1: Developing Communication Competence: Be Ye Individualist or Collectivist?; BOX 3-2: Focus on Controversy: Competition: Cultural Influence; CHAPTER 4: LANGUAGE: SHARING MEANING WITH WORDS; I. The Nature of Language; II. The Abstracting Process; III. Competent Language Use; IV. Summary; V. Film School; BOX 4-1: Focus on Controversy: Aping Language: The Debate over Animals' Linguistic Abilities; BOX 4-2: Developing Communication Competence: Measuring Connotative Meaning; BOX 4-3: Focus on Controversy: Verbal Taboos: A Question of Appropriateness; CHAPTER 5: NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION: SHARING MEANING WITHOUT WORDS; I. Distinctions between Verbal and Nonverbal Communication; II. Interconnectedness of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication; III. Types of Nonverbal Communication; IV. Communicating Competently with Nonverbal Codes; V. Summary; VI. Film School; BOX 5-1: Developing Communication Competence: Nonverbal Communication Test; BOX 5-2: Focus on Controversy: Gated Communities: Fortress America?; CHAPTER 6: LISTENING TO OTHERS; I. The Listening Process; II. Competent Informational Listening; III. Competent Critical Listening; IV. Competent Empathic Listening; V. Summary; VI. Film School; BOX 6-1: Developing Communication Competence: Focused Attention; BOX 6-2: Focus on Controversy: Skepticism and Open-Mindedness: Inquiring Minds, Not Empty Minds; BOX 6-3: Developing Communication Competence: Distinguishing Listening Responses; PART TWO: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION; CHAPTER 7: POWER: THE INESCAPABLE INTERPERSONAL DYNAMIC; I. Definition of Power; II. Communication Indicators of Power; III. Power Resources; IV. Problems of Power Imbalance; V. Competent Communication and Balancing Power; VI. Summary; VII. Film School; BOX 7-1: Focus on Controversy: Gender and Relationship Aggression: A White-Hot Debate; BOX 7-2: Developing Communication Competence: Assertiveness Self-Assessment Questionnaire; CHAPTER 8: MAKING RELATIONSHIPS WORK; I. Forming Close Relationships; II. Sustaining Relationships with Competent Communication; III. Technology and Competent Interpersonal Relationships; IV. Intercultural Relationships and Communication Competence; V. Summary; VI. Film School; BOX 8-1: Focus on Controversy: Cyberaddiction; BOX 8-2: Developing Communication Competence: Cell Phone Etiquette for the Competent Communicator; BOX 8-3: Developing Communication Competence: Netiquette; CHAPTER 9: INTERPERSONAL CONFLICT MANAGEMENT; I. Definition of Conflict; II. Relationship Dialectics; III. Communication Styles of Conflict Management; IV. Managing Conflict Competently; V. Summary; VI. Film School; BOX 9-1: Focus on Controversy: Ethical Conundrum: Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?; PART THREE: GROUP COMMUNICATION; CHAPTER 10: THE ANATOMY OF SMALL GROUPS; I. The Genius of Groups; II. The Structure of Small Groups; III. Leadership; IV. Summary; V. Film School; BOX 10-1: Developing Communication Competence: Playing By the Roles: A Self-Assessment; BOX 10-2: Focus on Controversy: Gender and Ethnicity: Glass Ceiling or Tricky Labyrinth?; CHAPTER 11: EFFECTIVE GROUPS; I. Challenges of Group Composition; II. Competent Group Decision Making and Problem Solving; III. Teambuilding and Teamwork; IV. Virtual Groups and Teams; V. Summary; VI. Film School; BOX 11-1: Developing Communication Competence: A Sample Agenda for Group Meetings; BOX 11-2: Developing Communication Competence: How to Achieve a Consensus; PART FOUR: PUBLIC SPEAKING; CHAPTER 12: PREPARING SPEECHES; I. Audience Analysis; II. Topic Choice and Analysis; III. Researching the Topic; IV. Supporting Materials; V. Competent Outlining and Organizing; VI. Summary; VII. Film School; BOX 12-1: Focus on Controversy: Wikipedia: Credible Scholarship or Mob Rule?; BOX 12-2: Developing Communication Competence: Spotting Fallacies; BOX 12-3: Developing Communication Competence: A Student Outline: Rough Draft and Revision; CHAPTER 13: PRESENTING SPEECHES; I. Addressing Speech Anxiety; II. Gaining and Maintaining Attention; III. Competent Presentation of Introductions and Conclusions; IV. Competent Presentation of Supporting Materials; V. Competent Style of Presentation: A Signature Event; VI. Competent Delivery of Speeches; VII. Summary; VIII. Film School; BOX 13-1: FOCUS ON CONTROVERSY: DELETING PRESIDENTIAL VERBAL GOOFS: AN ETHICAL QUESTION; CHAPTER 14: INFORMATIVE SPEAKING; I. Distinguishing Informative from Persuasive Speaking; II. Types of Informative Speeches; III. Guidelines for Competent Informative Speaking; IV. Visual Aids; V. Summary; VI. Film School; BOX 14-1: Developing Communication Competence: Examples of Signposts and Transitions; BOX 14-2: Developing Communication Competence: Outline and Text of an Informative Speech; BOX 14-3: Focus on Controversy: PowerPoint: Lots of Power, Little Point?; CHAPTER 15: PERSUASIVE SPEAKING; I. Foundations of Persuasion; II. Competent Persuasive Speaking; III. Summary; IV. Film School; BOX 15-1: Developing Communication Competence: A Sample Outline and Persuasive Speech; APPENDIX: INTERVIEWINGshow more

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