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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Preface Part One. Setting the Stage Chapter 1. Thinking about Communication: Definitions, Models, and Ethics Chapter 2. Thinking about the Field: Traditions and Contexts Chapter 3. Thinking About Theory and Research Chapter 4. Before We Begin. Part Two. Understanding the Dialogue THE SELF AND MESSAGES Chapter 5. Symbolic Interaction Theory Chapter 6. Coordinated Management of Meaning Chapter 7. Cognitive Dissonance Theory Chapter 8. Expectancy Violations Theory RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT Chapter 9. Uncertainty Reduction Theory Chapter 10. Social Penetration Theory Chapter 11. Social Exchange Theory Chapter 12. Relational Dialectics Theory Chapter 13. Communication Privacy Management Theory GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS Chapter 14. Groupthink Chapter 15. Structuration Theory Chapter 16. Organizational Culture Theory Chapter 17. Organizational Information Theory THE PUBLIC Chapter 18. TheRhetoric Chapter 19. Dramatism Chapter 20. The Narrative Paradigm THE MEDIA Chapter 21. Cultural Studies Chapter 22. Cultivation Analysis Chapter 23. Uses and Gratifications Theory Chapter 24. Spiral of Silence Theory Chapter 25. Media Ecology Theory CULTURE AND DIVERSITY Chapter 26. Face-Negotiation Theory Chapter 27. Communication Accommodation Theory Chapter 28. Muted Group Theory Chapter 29. Standpoint Theory Part Three: On the Horizon. Chapter 30. Moving in New Directions. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: This text introduces the field of communication to students who may have little or no background in communication theory. Its three overriding goals are to help students understand the pervasiveness of theory in their lives, to demystify the theoretical process, and to help students become more systematic and critical in their thinking about theory.

About the Author: Rich West is a past President of the National Communication Association. He is also Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College in Boston. At Emerson, he has served as the Department Chair for several years, as the Acting Director of the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, and as the Project Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. He is past President of the Eastern Communication Association, where he received the Past Officer's Award and was recognized as a "Distinguished Research Fellow" in the Association. Rich is also the former Director of NCA's Educational Policies Board.

Both Illinois State University (B.A./M.A.) and Ohio University (Ph.D.) have recognized him as an Outstanding Alum in Communication Studies. Rich's research has appeared in Communication Education, Communication Studies, Communication Quarterly, Day Care and Early Education, Communication Reports, Journal of Family Communication, among other diverse outlets. He has written extensively in the area of classroom communication and has been recognized as a "Leading Scholar" in Classroom Communication by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship (CIOS). Rich's principle co-author is Lynn Turner. Together with Lynn, he has co-authored 5 books in multiple editions. He is also co-editor of The Family Communication Sourcebook and the co-editor of the Sage Handbook of Family Communication. In 2014, NCA’s Family Communication Division recognized the Sourcebook as its Outstanding Book Award. In addition, Rich has (co) authored dozens of articles and book chapters and is a current member of numerous journal editorial boards. Rich's research has been featured in a number of media outlets including USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Toronto Globe & Mail, CNN International, Austin Statesman (TX), among others. When he has some free time, he enjoys working on his 105 year-old summer home in Maine, but privately admits that he would rather hire people than do the work himself!

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