2nd Edition

Exploring Communication Theory Making Sense of Us

    426 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    426 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.