This book provides an inside look at the discipline of Communication. In this collection of chapters, top scholars from a wide range of subfields discuss how they have experienced and how they study the crucial issues of our time.
The 2020s opened with a series of events with massive implications for the ways we communicate, from the COVID-19 pandemic, a summer of protests for social justice, and climate change-related natural disasters, to one of the most contentious presidential elections in modern U.S. history. The chapters in this book provide snapshots of many of these issues as seen through the eyes of specialists in the major subfields of Communication, including interpersonal, organizational, strategic, environmental, religious, social justice, risk, sport, health, family, instructional, and political communication. Written in an informal style that blends personal narrative with accessible explanation of basic concepts, the book is ideal for introducing students to the range and practical applications of Communication discipline.
This book comprises a valuable companion text for Introduction to Communication courses as well as a primary resource for Capstone and Introduction to Graduate Studies courses. Further, this collection provides meaningful insights for Communication scholars as we look ahead to the remainder of the 2020s and beyond.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction by Christina S. Beck, Ohio University
Section I: Through communication, we enact identities and reveal priorities.
Chapter 2: Postcoloniality and Communication
Ahmet Atay, College of Wooster
Chapter 3: Communicating Gender and Sexuality
Ashley Noel Mack, Louisiana State University
Chapter 4: Race and Communication: Keep your Knees off of our Necks: Black Girl Video Prowess Bearing Witness Against the Grisly Minnesota Police Murder of George Floyd
Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas, Georgia Southern University
Chapter 5: The Now and Not Yet: Reclaiming a Ritual View of Communication in Religious Communication Theory and Practice
Jennifer Scott Mobley, Grove City College
Chapter 6: Disability and Communication
Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Chapter 7: Communication and Ethics: Considering the Conflicting Messages of COVID-19\
Sarah Deiuliis and Pat Arneson, Duquesne University
Chapter 8: Risk Communication
Timothy L. Sellnow, University of Central Florida
Section II: Through communication, we relate to and connect with others and our world.
Chapter 9: Interpersonal Communication
Kristina Scharp, University of Washington
Chapter 10: Group Communication in the 2020s: Rethinking Identity, Managing Shifting Boundaries, and Designing Dialogic Conversations
Laura W. Black, Ohio University
Chapter 11: Family Communication: Talking Families into Being
Dawn O. Braithwaite, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Chapter 12: Into the Unknown: Instructional Communication in the 2020s
Tiffany R. Wang, University of Montevallo
Chapter 13: The Rhetorical Situation and Its Problems: Expanding the Discursive Elements of Educational Contexts, Disability, and Social Movements
Diana Isabel Martínez, Pepperdine University
Chapter 14: Political Communication
Trevor Parry-Giles, University of Maryland
Chapter 15: Media Selection in the 2020’s: An Unintentional Experiment
Stephanie A. Tikkanen, Santa Clara University
Chapter 16: Sports Communication
Michael Butterworth, University of Texas at Austin
Section III: Through communication, we can transform what has been into what can be.
Chapter 17: On Bats, Breathing, and Bella Vita Verde: Reflections on Environmental Communication During a Global Pandemic
Phaedra Pezzullo, University of Colorado, Boulder
Chapter 18: Health Communication, Gender Violence, and Inequality during COVID-19: A Critical Feminist Health Communication Perspective
Leandra Hinojosa Hernández, Utah Valley University
Chapter 19: Collapsing Contexts: Reconciling Technology Amplification and Human Agency in an Era of Surveillance Capitalism
Prashant Rajan, Ohio University
Chapter 20: Pandemic Reflections: Precarity, Solidarity, and Global Inequities in Organizational Communication Research
Mahuya Pal and Beatriz Nieto-Fernandez, University of South Florida
Chapter 21: The End of the World as We Knew It: Strategic Communication in the 2020 Pandemic
Deanna Sellnow, University of Central Florida
Chapter 22: Communication Studies and Social Justice: 25 Years and Counting
Amy Aldridge Sanford, Middle Tennessee State University
Christina S. Beck is Professor of Communication Studies at Ohio University and Past President of the National Communication Association and the Central States Communication Association.