1st Edition

A Century of Communication Studies The Unfinished Conversation

Edited By Pat J. Gehrke, William M. Keith Copyright 2015
    320 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume chronicles the development of communication studies as a discipline, providing a history of the field and identifying opportunities for future growth. Editors Pat J. Gehrke and William M. Keith have assembled an exceptional list of communication scholars who, in the thirteen chapters contained in this book, cover the breadth and depth of the field. Organized around themes and concepts that have enduring historical significance and wide appeal across numerous subfields of communication, A Century of Communication Studies bridges research and pedagogy, addressing themes that connect classroom practice and publication.

    Published in the 100th anniversary year of the National Communication Association, this collection highlights the evolution of communication studies and will serve future generations of scholars as a window into not only our past but also the field’s collective possibilities.

    Introduction. A Brief History of the National Communication Association

    Pat J. Gehrke & William M. Keith

    1. Discovering Communication: Five Turns toward Discipline and Association
    2. J. Michael Sproule

    3. Paying Lip Service to "Speech" in Disciplinary Naming, 1914-1954
    4. Gerry Philipsen

    5. The Silencing of Speech in the Late 20th Century
    6. Joshua Gunn & Frank E.X. Dance

    7. Epistemological Movements in the Field of Communication: An Analysis of Empirical and Rhetorical/Critical Scholarship
    8. James A. Anderson & Michael K. Middleton

    9. The Scholarly Communication of Communication Scholars: Centennial Trends in a Surging Conversation
    10. Timothy D. Stephen

    11. Sexing Communication: Hearing, Feeling, Remembering Sex/Gender and Sexuality in NCA
      1. Charles E. Morris III & Catherine Helen Palczewski

    12. Liberalism and its Discontents: Black Rhetoric and the Cultural Transformation of Rhetorical Studies in the 20th Century.
    13. Reynoldo Anderson, Marnel Niles Goins, & Sheena Howard

    14. A Critical History of the "Live" Body in Performance within the National Communication Association
    15. Tracy Stephenson Shaffer, John M. Allison Jr., & Ronald J. Pelias

    16. Listening Research in the Communication Discipline
    17. David Beard & Graham Bodie

    18. Conceptualizing Meaning in Communication Studies
    19. Brian L. Ott & Mary Domenico

    20. Communicative Meeting: From Pangloss to Tenacious Hope

    Ronald C. Arnett

    Afterword. What’s Next?

    William F. Eadie


    Pat J. Gehrke is Associate Professor of Speech Communication & Rhetoric at the University of South Carolina. His research interests include the history of communication education, rhetorical theory, communication ethicsm and public political discourse.

    William M. Keith is professor of Communication at the Univesrity of Wisconsin Milwaukee. His research interests include the history of public particpation in the United States, communication pedagogy and disciplinarity, and the rhetoric of science.

    "The contemporary communication discipline started as a splinter group sensitive to its external uniqueness and its internal differences. A Century of Communication Studies: The Unfinished Conversation is centrally concerned with how the discipline continues in that vein as a socially and ethically engaged intellectual enterprise. The studies assembled by editors Gehrke and Keith say a great deal about why the tensions of permanence and change, one and many are endemic to communication’s multi-faceted disciplinary dynamic." - Gerard A. Hauser, University of Colorado Boulder, USA   

    "In celebration of the centennial anniversary of the field of communication studies, Patrick J. Gehrke and William K. Keith edit a collection of essays that traces the intellectual and political history of communication studies over the past 100 years... Well-crafted for Introduction to Communication Studies courses at the graduate level, the book’s 13 chapters provides readers with the intellectual genesis of the discipline, traces the struggle to name the discipline, examines publication trends, recounts the struggle of various minorities for inclusion into the national organization, and considers different themes that pervade scholarly research." - Catherine L. Langford, Texas Tech University, USA

    "This publication reflects 100 years of the oldest communication association in the United States - the National Communication Association (NCA). It is not just a simple listing of developments but rather a challenging but also critical assesment of different developments and also fields of teaching and research." - Franz-Josef Eilers, svd, Journal of the Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication

    "Each chapter is impressive in the breadth of content, all which contain a well-researched historical perspective that traces the evolution of the subject matter to the present and concludes with grounded speculation about direction for future research and studies... The intentional writing and tremendous research evidenced in each chapter are two of this book’s most impressive aspects; thus, graduate students, scholars, and workplace professionals may find this book easily accessible and useful." - Diane Martinez, Western Carolina University, USA in Technical Communication