1st Edition

Communication in the 2020s Viewing Our World Through the Eyes of Communication Scholars

Edited By Christina S. Beck Copyright 2022
    240 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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.