3rd Edition

Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication
Multiple Perspectives

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ISBN 9780367425319
October 28, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
472 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The third edition of this text continues its place as a resource for learning the most foundational and emerging theories in the field of interpersonal communication. With each chapter devoted to a specific theory and authored by an expert in that theory, the book gives students a comprehensive overview of this discipline. This edition features an expanded discussion of theory evaluation and theory development and new attention to both social media and diversity. With the theory chapters sharing the same structure, the book ensures consistent coverage of topics within each theory. This book is an essential text for undergraduate and graduate courses in interpersonal communication and theory.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Meta-Theory and Theory in Interpersonal Communication Research

Dawn O. Braithwaite, Paul Schrodt & Kaitlin E. Phillips

Part 1: Individually-Centered Theories of Interpersonal Communication

2. Affection Exchange Theory: A Bio-Evolutionary Look at Affectionate Communication

Kory Floyd, Colin Hesse, & Mark Alan Generous

3. Attribution Theory: Finding Good Cause in the Search for Theory

Brian H. Spitzberg & Valerie Manusov

4. Multiple Goals Theories: From Message Production to Evaluation

John P. Caughlin & Steven R. Wilson

5. Problematic Integration Theory: Uncertainty and Related Communication Challenges

Austin S. Babrow & Kai Kuang

6. Relational Framing Theory: Drawing Inferences about Relationships from Interpersonal Interactions

Rachel M. McLaren & Denise Haunani Solomon

7. Dual Process and Advice Response Theories: Explaining Outcomes of Supportive Communication

Graham D. Bodie & Erina L. MacGeorge

8. The Theory of Motivated Information Management: Struggles with Uncertainty and Its Outcomes

Walid A. Afifi & Stephanie Tikkanen

Part 2: Discourse/Interaction-Centered Theories of Interpersonal Communication

9. Communicated Narrative Sense-Making Theory: Bridging Storytelling, Relationships, and Well-Being

Jody Koenig Kellas

10. Communication Accommodation Theory: Converging Toward an Understanding of Communication Adaptation in Interpersonal Relationships

Jordan Soliz, Howard Giles, & Jessica Gasiorek

11. Discrepant Verbal-Nonverbal Profile Theory: Making Sense of Contradicting Messages in Interpersonal Communication

Tsfira Grebelsky-Lichtman 

12. Expectancy Violations Theory and Interaction Adaptation Theory: From Expectations to Interactions

Cindy H. White

13. Face Theory: The Ongoing Performances of Our Lives

Aimee E. Miller-Ott & Cimmiaron F. Alvarez

14. Normative Rhetorical Theory: Explaining What Works in Challenging Communication Situations

Daena J. Goldsmith

15. Relational Dialectics Theory: A Dialogic Theory of Meaning-Making

Kristina M. Scharp & Lindsey J. Thomas

16. A Theory of Transcendent Interactions: The Ultimate Communication Thrill Ride

John O. Greene

Part 3: Identity-Centered Theories of Interpersonal Communication

17. Communication Theory of Identity: Understanding the Multi-layered Nature of Identity

Michael L. Hecht & Kaitlin E. Phillips

18. Critical Feminist Theory: Giving Voice and Visibility to Gendered Experiences

Katherine Denker

19. Critical Race Theory: Dismantling Racial Oppression Through Interpersonal Communication

Mackensie Minniear & Megan E. Cardwell

20. Intersectionality: Theoretical Lineages Toward Interpersonal Legacies

Robin M. Boylorn

21. Strong Black Woman Collective Theory: Understanding the Group-level Communication Practices of Black Women

Shardé M. Davis

22. Queer Theory: Troubling Interpersonal Expectations of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

Jimmie Manning & Tony E. Adams

Part 4: Relationship-Centered Theories of Interpersonal Communication

23. Attachment Theory: A Communication Perspective

Laura K. Guerrero

24. Communication Privacy Management Theory: Significance for Interpersonal Communication

Sandra Petronio, Jeffrey T. Child, & Robert D. Hall

25. Developmental Theories of Relationships: Approaches to Understanding the Relational Lifespan

Paul A. Mongeau, Mary Lynn Miller Henningsen, & Bailey M. Oliver-Blackburn

26. The Theory of Resilience and Relational Load: Investing in Relationships to Promote Resilience

Tamara D. Afifi, Chantel Haughton, & Allison P. Mazur

27. Media Multiplexity Theory: Explaining Tie Strength and Technology Use

Andrew M. Ledbetter

28. Relational Turbulence Theory: Interpersonal Communication During Times of Transition

Leanne K. Knobloch, Denise Haunani Solomon, Jennifer A. Theiss, & Rachel M. McLaren

29. Social Exchange Theories: Calculating the Rewards and Costs of Personal Relationships

Laura Stafford & Kimberly Kuiper

30. The Theory of Interpersonal Knowledge: Interaction Requirements to Develop Dyad-Specific Familiarity

Joseph B. Walther

31. Truth-Default Theory: Changing Our Understanding of Human Deception

Timothy R. Levine

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Dawn O. Braithwaite is a Willa Cather Professor of Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.


Paul Schrodt is the Philip J. and Cheryl C. Burguières Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University, USA.


Accolades for the Second Edition: Winner of the Gerald Miller Book Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association