Since the first edition in 1973, Bridges Not Walls has examined the power and promise of interpersonal communication in intimate relationships, families, communities, and cultures. The text presents a broad range of scholarly and popular articles drawn from several disciplines, including communication, psychology, and philosophy, all chosen for their understandability and practical applicability. Within these readings are thought-provoking discussions of interpersonal contact, identity-management, verbal and nonverbal cues, perception, listening, assertiveness and self-disclosure, family communication, intimacy and social support, defensiveness and hurtful communication, conflict management, culture, and dialogue. Together, the readings emphasize the social and relational elements of human communication, the overlapping influence of verbal and nonverbal cues, the prominence of culture, and the close connection between quality of communication and quality of life.
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This text is a reader that is aimed at accompanying primary interpersonal texts as the chapters address all the main topics usually covered by interpersonal communication courses. Topics include verbal and non-verbal communication, gender differences in language use, and cultural communication.About the Author:
John Stewart is Professor of Speech Communication at the University of Washington and director of the basic interpersonal communication course. His other text is Bridges Not Walls
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Book Description Mcgraw-Hill College, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 5th. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0070615373