The ninth edition of A First Look at Communication Theory justifies again the program’s enduring popularity. Em Griffin, now joined by colleagues Andrew Ledbetter and Glenn Sparks, encourages students who are encountering the field for the first time to tackle theories without fear. The authors introduce 32 diverse theories that are a mix of foundational and recent scholarship and, with the benefit of numerous examples and connections to pop culture, help students apply them to their own lives. This program ensures that students have a solid foundation with which to begin understanding the relationships between theories.
Addition of co-authors Andrew Ledbetter and Glenn Sparks give the text a fresh voice.
Integration of research in new technology and updated references to media and pop culture make the text more current and accessible.
Added chapter about the Communicative Constitution of Organizations theory of Robert McPhee responds to instructor feedback and more recent interest in this theory.
Deborah Tannenn's genderlect theory is now illustrated with examples of how boys and girls learn conversation rules early in life, highlighting the importance of childhood speech communities.
Orbe's co-cultural theory is introduced in relation to muted group theory, showing how muted groups desire assimilation, separation, or accommodation.
Student Applications helps students relate the theories to their lives.
Conversations with Communication Theorists? videos allow students to watch conversations between the authors and the theorists discussed in the book.
Author-written up-to-date companion website supplements the Online Learning Center and includes archived theories, suggested movie clips, “questions of the moment,? and more.
Friendly, conversational style makes difficult information accessible.
Table of Contents Chapter 1 Launching Your Study of Communication Theory Chapter 2 Talk About Theory Chapter 3 Weighing the Words Chapter 4 Mapping the Territory (Seven Traditions in the Field of Communication Theory) Chapter 5 Symbolic Interactionism of George Herbert Mead Chapter 6 Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) of W. Barnett Pearce & Vernon Cronen Chapter 7 Expectancy Violations Theory of Judee Burgoon Chapter 8 Social Penetration Theory of Irwin Altman & Dalmas Taylor Chapter 9 Uncertainty Reduction Theory of Charles Berger Chapter 10 Social Information Processing Theory of Joseph Walther Chapter 11 Relational Dialectics of Leslie Baxter & Barbara Montgomery Chapter 12 Communication Privacy Management Theory of Sandra Petronio Chapter 13 The Interactional View of Paul Watzlawick Chapter 14 Social Judgment Theory of Muzafer Sherif Chapter 15 Elaboration Likelihood Model of Richard Petty & John Cacioppo Chapter 16 Cognitive Dissonance Theory of Leon Festinger Chapter 17 Functional Perspective on Group Decision Making of Randy Hirokawa & Dennis Gouran Chapter 18 Symbolic Convergence Theory of Ernest Bormann Chapter 19 Cultural Approach to Organizations of Clifford Geertz & Michael Pacanowsky Chapter 20 Communicative Constitution of Organizations of Robert McPhee Chapter 21 Critical Theory of Communication in Organizations of Stanly Deetz Chapter 22 The Rhetoric of Aristotle Chapter 23 Dramatism of Kenneth Burke Chapter 24 Narrative Paradigm of Walter Fisher Chapter 25 Media Ecology of Marshall McLuhan Chapter 26 Semiotics of Roland Barthes Chapter 27 Cultural Studies of Stuart Hall Chapter 28 Uses and Gratifications of Elihu Katz Chapter 29 Cultivation Theory of George Gerbner Chapter 30 Agenda-Setting Theory of Maxwell McCombs & Donald Shaw Chapter 31 Communication Accommodation Theory of Howard Giles Chapter 32 Face-Negotiation Theory of Stella Ting Toomey Chapter 33 Speech Codes Theory of Gerry Philipsen Chapter 34 Genderlect Styles of Deborah Tannen Chapter 35 Standpoint Theory of Sandra Harding & Julia Wood Chapter 36 Muted Group Theory of Cheris Kramarae Chapter 37 Common Threads in Comm Theories