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2nd Edition

Exploring Communication Theory
Making Sense of Us

ISBN 9781032015194
Published June 14, 2022 by Routledge
426 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Continuing its engaging and readable approach, this second edition presents an overview of the major theories within the discipline of communication studies inclusive of the three major paradigms of social scientific, interpretive, and critical.

Each member of the author team writes from his or her area of expertise, giving readers further insight into how the theory is applied to research within communication studies. With extensive pedagogical features, the text underscores key concepts and links them to students’ own communication studies scholarship and everyday lives. Key updates for this edition include updated examples and discussions around theories to give students a deeper understanding; explorations of Black Lives Matter and intersectionality; and new pedagogical features in line with Bloom’s taxonomy.

This book is ideal as a core text for undergraduate courses in communication theory.

Online resources also accompany the text: an instructor manual, test bank, lecture slides, and author introduction videos. Please visit www.routledge.com/9781032015194 to access the materials.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Making Sense of Communication

Chapter 2: Conceptualizing Communication Theory

Chapter 3: Communication Theory and Research

Chapter 4: Signs, Symbols, and Semantics

Chapter 5: Organizing and Sending Messages

Chapter 6: Explaining and Understanding Human Behavior

Chapter 7: Discourse and Change

Chapter 8: Communication in Developing Relationships

Chapter 9: Communication in Sustaining Relationships

Chapter 10: Processes of Persuasion

Chapter 11: Communication in Organizations

Chapter 12: Theories of Group and Family Communication

Chapter 13: Theories of Health Communication

Chapter 14: Technology and Media Processing

Chapter 15: Theories of Communication, Culture, and Critique

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Kory Floyd is a professor of communication at the University of Arizona, USA.

Paul Schrodt is the Philip J. and Cheryl C. Burguière’s Professor of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University, USA.

Larry A. Erbert is an associate professor of communication at the University of Colorado Denver, USA.

Kristina M. Scharp is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Rutgers University, USA.