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An Introduction

December 1999 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Written as an introduction for beginning students, this book offers a thorough, yet lively, overview of human communication in all its aspects.

Accessibly written and assuming no prior knowledge of the discipline Communication: An Introduction: offers a thorough, yet lively, examination of all aspects of human communication, including: a summary of its nature, form and function; a detailed analysis of all the levels of communication; a description and overview of the different traditions of communication studies; and a consideration of the future of communication - as a phenomenon and as a field of research.

Elusive Phenomenon, Emergent Discipline

Forms and Levels of Communication
Some Elementary Distinctions

Culture and Society, Media and Communication
Individual Communication
Intrapersonal, Interpersonal and Group Communication

Organizational Communication
Societal Communication, Mass Communication
International and Intercultural Communication
The Future of Communication and Communication Research

This is one of the few books in cultural studies which tries to intergrate analysis of texts with contexts (i.e. representation, the production of representation and political economy)' - Critical Arts

`An impressively clear and thoughtful introduction to communication science. Uniquely, this outlines the core integrating concepts of an emergent discipline, spanning interpersonal, group, organisational, mass-societal, and international levels of communication. This is an indispensable text for communication students' - Jay G Blumler, Emeritus Professor, The University of Leeds

Too theoretical and too advanced language for a group of bachelor students from 6 different countries, neither of which are native English speakers. I have used the book as supplemental material while preparing my lectures.

Dr Hilde Fjellvaer
Strategy and Management, Trondheim Okonomisk Hogeskol
March 9, 2015

A really interesting book that looks in to the many aspects of communication; I will be recommending all of my business students to read this book and utilise as a point of reference.

Mr Daniel Russell
Business Management, Organisational Learning Centre
May 7, 2014

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