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Theories of Human Communication. Stephen W. Littlejohn , Karen A. For almost four decades, Theories of Human Communication has offered readers an engaging and informative guide to the rich array of theories that influence our understanding of communication. The first edition broke new ground with its comprehensive discussion of theorizing by communication scholars. Since that time, the field has expanded tremendously from a small cluster of explanations and relatively unconnected theories to a huge body of work from numerous traditions or communities of scholarship.
The tenth edition covers both classic and recent theories created by communication scholars and informed by scholars in other fields. Littlejohn and Foss organize communication theory around two intersecting elements--contexts and theoretical traditions--and emphasize the connections, trajectories, and relationships among the theories.
They provide clear, accessible explanations that synthesize without oversimplifying. Their extensive use of examples presents theorizing as a natural process and invites readers to reflect on their own experiences and to become active participants in continuing the conversation. In addition to the authors' lucid explanations of theories, the text includes "From the Source" boxes in which the theorists share their perspectives on communication.
The extensive bibliography almost 1, entries and chapter citations are invaluable resources for more in-depth study. Theories of Human Communication Stephen W.
Theories of Human Communication
Stephen Littlejohn Ph. Stephen is co-author of Moral Conflict: When Social Worlds Collide Sage, and has written numerous other books and articles on communication and conflict. He has done research on mediation and conflict management for 19 years and has been an active mediator for eight. Karen Foss received her Ph. Her primary areas of teaching and research include rhetorical theory and criticism, feminist perspectives on communication, and social movements and social change. Karen Foss Ph. She has been at the University of New Mexico since and in that time served not only as a departmental chair but also as Director of Graduate Studies for the department and as Director of Women's Studies.