Human Communication Theory

Human Communication Theory

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An Ecological Perspecitve on Human Communication Theory introduces introductory communication students to both research and theory at an undergraduate level that 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. Features: * Examples throughout the text help students link concepts to their lives, making theories relevant and useful. * Author team incorporates expertise from different fields of study. * Mid-level approach appropriate for non-communication and introductory communication majors. * Introduces students to the idea of symbolic communication and examines our species as symbol dependent. * Key terms and chapter outlines provide a uniform chpater-by-chapter learning framework for students. * A student manual at the back of the book includes activities, discussion questions, recommended readings and videos.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 191.3 x 234.2 x 18.8mm | 776.33g
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • 0155002716
  • 9780155002715

Table of contents

Part I: Ecology of Communication: Past, Present and Future. A Rationale for an Ecological Perspective on Communication. Communication and Survival. The Ghosts of Our Ancestors: The Development of Communication, From Tools to Television. Origins of Contemporary Communication Theory: A History. Part II: Social, Mental, And Ideological Ecologies. Communication and the Social Environment. The Ecology of Ideas: Opinion Formation and Change. The Ecology of Ideas: Cognitive Processing, Critical Thinking, And Social Influence. Part III: Ecological Role of Messages. Theories of Language Meaning. Research on Language Effects. Functions of Nonverbal Communication in Social Relationships. Part IV: Types of Communication Ecologies. Interpersonal Relationships. Groups and Organizations. Mediated Communication. Communication and Culture. Some Final Thoughts.
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