A First Look at Communication Theory, 8th Edition by Em Griffin

By Em Griffin

The main widely-used textbook for the verbal exchange idea path, a primary examine communique idea analyzes the key conversation theories at a degree that's acceptable for either reduce- and upper-level classes. The theories represented within the textual content mirror a mixture of foundational and up to date scholarship and strike a stability of clinical and interpretive methods.

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So if you can’t figure out why a particular cartoon appears where it does, make a renewed effort to grasp the theorist’s ideas. Some students are afraid to try. Like travelers whose eyes glaze over at the sight of a road map, they have a phobia about theories that seek to explain human intentions and behavior. I sympathize with their qualms and misgivings, but I find that the theories in this book haven’t dehydrated my life or made it more confusing. On the contrary, they add clarity and provide a sense of competence as I communicate with others.

I knew something was wrong. I soon figured out that any missed attempt was, by definition, not the ballyhooed never-miss shot. When the ball went in, however, Mike heralded the success as added evidence of 100 percent accuracy. I now know that I could have called his bluff by removing the net from the basket so he couldn’t hear whether the shot went through. This would have forced him to declare from behind the door whether the attempt was of the never-miss variety. But as long as I played by his rules, there was no way to disprove his claim.

In placing a theory, I’ve tried to factor in choices the theorists have made about ways of knowing, human nature, what they value most, and the purpose of theory. I’ve consulted a number of scholars in the field to get their “read” on appropriate placements. They didn’t always agree, but in every case the discussion has sharpened my understanding of theory and the issues to be considered in the process of creating one. What I learned is reflected in the chapters ahead. indd Page 22 12/01/11 8:06 AM user-f469 22 /Volumes/208/MHSF234/gri34307_disk1of1/0073534307/gri34307_pagefiles OVERVIEW Interpretive Objective Interpersonal Communication Symbolic Interactionism Coordinated Management of Meaning Expectancy Violations Theory Constructivism Social Penetration Theory Uncertainty Reduction Theory Social Information Processing Theory Relational Dialectics The Interactional View Communication Privacy Management Social Judgment Theory Elaboration Likelihood Model Cognitive Dissonance Theory • • • • • • • • • • Group and Public Communication • Functional Perspective on Group Decision Making Symbolic Convergence Theory Cultural Approach Critical Theory of Communication Approach The Rhetoric Dramatism Narrative Paradigm • • • • • • • • • • • Mass Communication Media Ecology Semiotics Cultural Studies Uses and Gratifications Cultivation Theory Agenda-Setting Theory • • • • Cultural Context Communication Accommodation Theory Face-Negotiation Theory Speech Codes Theory Genderlect Styles Standpoint Theory Muted Group Theory • • • 1 2 3 • • 4 • 5 FIGURE 2–2 Classification of Communication Theories According to Objective/ Interpretive Worldview Of course, the position of each dot won’t make much sense to you until you’ve read about the theory.

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