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Human Communication in Society is the only text to show how the interplay between the individual and society impacts communication. By understanding how the tensions that exist among individual forces, societal forces, cultures, and context shape communication and meaning, students become more ethical and effective communicators. Based on feedback of over 2,000 students who class tested the manuscript and over 100 faculty reviewers, Alberts, Nakayama, and Martin wrote Human Communication in Society in order to bring a comprehensive, balanced view to the study of human communication. Each of the three authors brings their expertise in their specific area of study to the text. Jess Alberts, a social scientist, focuses on interpersonal communication with special proficiency in conflict. Thomas Nakayama is a critical scholar with a focus on rhetoric and intercultural communication. Judith Martin rounds out the project as the interpretive scholar with her expertise in intercultural communication. This author combination brings to the market a balanced approach to the study of human communication. This text is for the survey of Human Communication course, which covers multiple subfields of communication and presumes little if any public speaking assignments.
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  • Paperback | 419 pages
  • 215.9 x 269.2 x 22.9mm | 635.04g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 013132179X
  • 9780131321793

Table of contents

INTRODUCTIONChapter 1.Introduction to Human CommunicationThe Importance of Studying Human CommunicationWhat Is Human Communication?A Communication EthicSummaryHuman Communication in Society OnlineReferences Chapter 2.Communication Studies: History and Contemporary ApproachesThe History of Communication StudiesContemporary Approaches, Theories, and MethodsSummaryHuman Communication in Society OnlineReferences FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN COMMUNICATIONChapter 3.Communication and IdentitiesThe Importance of IdentityWhat Is Identity?The Individual and IdentityThe Individual, Identity and SocietyEthics and IdentitySkills for Communicating about IdentitiesSummaryHuman Communication in Society OnlineReferences Chapter 4.Communicating, Perceiving, and UnderstandingThe Importance of PerceptionWhat is Perception?Perception and the IndividualThe Individual, Perception and SocietyEthics and PerceptionImproving Your Perception SkillsSummaryHuman Communication in Society OnlineReferences Chapter 5.Verbal Communication The Importance of Verbal CommunicationWhat Is Verbal Communication?Verbal Communication and the IndividualThe Individual, Verbal Communication and SocietyEthics and Verbal CommunicationImproving your Verbal Communication SkillsSummaryReferences Chapter 6.Nonverbal CommunicationThe Importance of Nonverbal CommunicationWhat Is Nonverbal Communication? Nonverbal Communication and the Individual The Individual, Nonverbal Communication, and SocietyEthics and Nonverbal CommunicationImproving Your Nonverbal Communication SkillsSummaryHuman Communication in Society OnlineReferences HUMAN COMMUNICATION IN CONTEXTChapter 7.Communication across CulturesThe Importance of Intercultural CommunicationWhat Is Intercultural Communication?Intercultural Communication and the IndividualThe Individual, Intercultural Communication and SocietyEthics and Intercultural CommunicationImproving your Intercultural Communication SkillsSummaryHuman Communication in Society OnlineReferences Chapter 8.Communicating in Close Relationships Close Relationships and the IndividualThe Individual, Relationship Communication and SocietyEthics and Close RelationshipsImproving Your Relationship Initiation SkillsSummaryHuman Communication in Society OnlineReferences Chapter 9. Small Group Communication The Importance of Small Group CommunicationWhat Is Small Group Communication?Small Group Communication and the IndividualThe Individual, Small Group Communication and SocietyEthics and Small Group CommunicationImproving Your Small Group Communication SkillsSummaryHuman Communication in Society OnlineReferences Chapter 10. Communicating in Organizations The Importance of Organizational CommunicationDefining Organizational CommunicationOrganizational Communication and the IndividualThe Individual, Organizational Communication and SocietyEthics and Organizational CommunicationImproving Your Organizational Communication SkillsSummaryHuman Communication in Society OnlineReferences Chapter 11. Communicating in Public: RhetoricThe Importance of RhetoricWhat is Rhetoric? A Broader ViewRhetoric and the IndividualThe Individual, Rhetoric and SocietyEthics and RhetoricBecoming a More Effective Receiver of RhetoricSummaryHuman Communication in Society OnlineReferences Chapter 12.Communication and Media The Importance of MediaWhat are Media? The Individual and MediaThe Individual, Media, and SocietyEthnics and MediaBecoming a More Effective Consumer of MediaSummaryHuman Communication in Society OnlineReferences Chapter 13. Computer Mediated CommunicationThe Importance of Computer Mediated CommunicationWhat Is Computer Mediated Communication?Computer Mediated Communication and the IndividualThe Individual, Communication Technology and SocietyEthics and Computer-Mediated CommunicationImproving Your Mediated Communication SkillsSummaryHuman Communication in Society OnlineReferences Chapter 14. Speaking in Public Anticipating Your PresentationUnderstanding the Communication Event Understanding and Relating to Audiences Developing your TopicOrganizing Your PresentationDelivering Your SpeechSummaryHuman Communication in Society OnlineReferences
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About Jess K. Alberts

Jess Alberts is a professor of human communication and has been a faculty member in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication since 1989. She served as Director of the School from 1995 until June 2004. She has happily returned to the faculty and currently serves as the Director of the Conflict Transformation Project.Alberts' principal research interests focus on conflict in personal and professional relationships. Her current work examines married couples' conflict and daily interaction, workplace bullying, community mediation, and work/life balance. Previously she has conducted research on adolescent drug resistance, teasing and ethnic humor, and flirting. She is in the process of developing a study to explore social hierarchy and the economy of gratitude theories as explanations for the division of household labor.Alberts teaches courses on human communication, conflict and negotiation, relational communication, and work/life balance. She was selected by the undergraduate association for the Last Lecture Series Award, by the graduate student association for a Mentor Appreciation Award, and by Commission on the Status of Women for the Outstanding Achievement and Contributions Award. Tom NakayamaTom Nakayama is currently a professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and former director of Asian Pacific American Studies at Arizona State University. His research is focused on developing critical approaches to intercultural communication and public communication. Nakayama is a fellow of the International Academy of Intercultural Research, a former Fulbrighter at the Universite de Mons-Hainaut in Belgium, and was on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Humanities Council. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, the International and Intercultural Communication Annual, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, and the Western Journal of Communication. Judith Martin is a professor of human communication and has been a faculty member in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication since 1990. She teaches courses in intercultural communication in domestic and international contexts. Prior to joining the ASU faculty, she held a joint appointment in the Office of International Education and the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Minnesota.Her early research efforts focused on the role of communication in sojourner adaptation to overseas locales and reentry to their home culture. Her more recent research examines racial and ethnic identity and communication practices, particularly the communicative meaning of white racial identity. She is also investigating the role culture plays in newer communication technologies, such as the Internet.She was awarded the first Patricia Gurin Scholar-Activist Award by the ASU Intergroup Relations Center in 2004 and The Achievement in Gender Equity Award by the ASU Faculty Women's Association in 2001. In 2001-2004 she was selected as the Jeanne Herberger Professor of Human Communication. Using this award she, along with colleagues, organized a lecture series on "Culture, Communication and Conflict." As part of her community service, she works with undergraduate transfer students, assisting them in making a successful transition to ASU from a local community college.
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