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This text introduces students to a select set of leading theories in the communication field and demonstrates how these theories apply to their lives. Chapters group theories coherently so that students can compare and contrast different approaches to particular interests in the field (for example: relationships, performance, language and mass communication).
1. Communication as a Field of Study.
2. Understanding Communication Theories.
3. Building and Testing Theory.
Part Two: COMMUNICATION THEORIES.
4. An Early Communication Theory.
5. Theories about Symbolic Activity.
6. Theories about Performance.
7. Theories about How People Construct Meaning.
8. Theories of Interpersonal Dynamics.
9. Theories about Communication and the Evolution of Relationships.
10. Theories about Communication Communities.
11. Theories of Mass Communication.
12. Critical Communication Theories.
13. The Frontiers of Theory.
14. Communication Theories in Action: A Final Look.
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Instructor's Resource Manual
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