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Communication as ...

Communication as ...
Perspectives on Theory

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August 2005 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Communication As... is a collection of 27 essays by leading thinkers in the field of communication theory. Each author in the volume has chosen a particular stance on communication and forwarded it as a primary or essential way of viewing communication with decided benefits over other views. The chapters in the book are brief, argumentative, and forceful; together they explore the wide range of theorizing about communication, cutting across all lines of traditional divisions in the field.
Part I: Making
Celeste M. Condit
1. Relationality
Eric W. Rothenbuhler
2. Ritual
Gregory J. Shepherd
3. Transcendence
Katherine Miller
4. Constructive
Robert T. Craig
5. A Practice
Part II: Materializing
Carole Blair
6. Collective Memory
Cara A. Finnegan
7. Vision
Carolyn Marvin
8. Embodiment
Judith N. Martin & Thomas K. Nakayama
9. Raced
Jake Harwood
10. Social Identity
Jonathan Sterne
11. Techne
Part III: Contextualizing
Leslie A. Baxter
12. Dialogue
Arthur P. Bochner & Carolyn S. Ellis
13. Autoethnography
Eric E. Peterson & Kristin M. Langellier
14. Storytelling
James R. Taylor
15. Complex Organizing
David R. Seibold & Karen Kroman Myers
16. Structuring
Part IV: Politicizing
Todd Kelshaw
17. Political Participation
John Gastil
18. Deliberation
James W. Dearing
19. Diffusion
Frank Boster
20. Social Influence
Robert C. Rowland
21. Rational Argument
Daniel C. Brouwer
22. Counterpublic
Part V: Questioning
John Durham Peters
23. Dissemination
Jennifer Daryl Slack
24. Articulation
Ted Striphas
25. Translation
Briankle G. Chang
26. Communicability
Jeffrey St. John
27. Failure
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"Communication as… is an excellent way to introduce students to various perspectives in the discipline. It makes the point that there is no right or wrong way to study communication but that the different perspectives are all legitimate and useful."
--Sonja K. Foss, University of Colorado at Denver

Sonja K. Foss
University of Colorado at Denver

"These shorter, more informal discussions of the implications of certain metaphors and analogies for communication theory will be very useful for stimulating critical thinking and generating interesting classroom discussions."

--Bradford "J" Hall, University of New Mexico

Bradford "J" Hall
University of New Mexico

"This book provides incomparably unique and original perspectives explained by core scholars in their fields."

Do Kyun Kim, Ph.D.
University of Louisiana - Lafayette

Too abstract

Dr Geoff Leatham
Communication Studies Dept, University Of Rhode Island
October 3, 2014

Very useful for graduate level theory course

Dr Carolyn Cunningham
Communication Arts Dept, Gonzaga University
May 17, 2012

Not a slog through one theory after another as is standard in most communication theory textbooks. Each author argues for the stakes involved in choosing to work through the framework of a given theoretical approach.

Dan Leopard
Communication Dept, St Mary's College of California
May 26, 2010

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