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

Edited By

Christina S. Beck

ISBN 9781032111605
Published May 23, 2022 by Routledge
240 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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


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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.