A First Look at Communication Theory

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Intended for courses in communication theory at the freshman to senior level, this text covers verbal and nonverbal messages; cognitive processing; relationship development and maintenance; influence; decision making; intercultural and gender communication; organizational communication; public speaking; media and culture; and the effects of the media. This edition features a chapter covering the history of the communication discipline; improved coverage of ethics; and five new theories including Borman's convergence theory and Hirakawa's functional perspective (group decision making theories); Deetz's critical communication theory for organizations; Zillman's mood management theory; and Philipsen's ethnography of communication.

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Em Griffin is Professor of Communication at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he has taught for the past twenty-six years and has been chosen Teacher of the Year. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from Northwestern University. His research interest centers on the development of close friendships. Professor Griffin is the author of three applied communication books: The Mind Changers analyzes practical techniques of persuasion; Getting Together offers research-based suggestions for effective group leadership; and Making Friends describes the way that quality interpersonal communication can build close relationships. He also speaks and leads workshops on these topics in the United States, Singapore, and the Philippines. Professor Griffin’s wife, Jean, is an artist. They have two adult children, Jim and Sharon.

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