A First Look at Communication Theory https://www.mheducation.com/cover-images/Jpeg_400-high/1259913783.jpeg 10 9781259913785 The tenth 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 text's conversational style and relevant examples keep complex theories within the grasp of first-time theory students. 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. The discrete presentation of the theories ensures a well-rounded understanding of each while promoting integrative thinking and facilitating the ability of instructors to skip or rearrange their presentation. The broad selection of theories-from the classics to the cutting edge-ensures that students have a solid foundation with which to begin understanding the relationships between theories. New to This Edition ● Responding to instructors' desire to offer students more than one social media theory, a new chapter highlights Caroline Hawthornthwaite's media multiplexity theory. ● A new chapter features Marc Orbe's co-cultural theory, which is based on extensive phenomenological research among the LGBTQ community, people with physical disabilities, and African American men. ● The discussion of relational dialectics theory has been fully updated to center on Baxter's second version of the theory, which draws heavily on the thinking of Mikhail Bahktin. ● Updated examples will appeal to current students, including the illustration of social judgment theory with the issue of gun control rather than airline safety. ● A revised critique of social information processing theory cites MIT professor Sherry Turkle's challenge to Walther's basic claim that anything we do face-to-face can be done just as well or better online. ● Cultural studies now includes Larry Frey's appeal for communicative activism for social justice. This is the only ethical reflection in the book highlighting an ethicist currently active in the field of communication. ● Based on updated research, the presentation of face-negotiation theory has been simplified. ● End-of-chapter Critique sections are sharpened.
A First Look at Communication Theory

A First Look at Communication Theory

10th Edition
By Em Griffin and Andrew Ledbetter and Glenn Sparks
ISBN10: 1259913783
ISBN13: 9781259913785
Copyright: 2019
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A First Look at Communication Theory, 10e

Division 1 Overview

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)

Division 2: Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Messages

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

Relationship Development

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

Relationship Maintenance

CHAPTER 11: Relational Dialectics of Leslie Baxter & Barbara Montgomery
CHAPTER 12: Communication Privacy Management Theory of Sandra Petronio
CHAPTER 13: Media Multiplexity Theory of Caroline Hawthornthwaite 


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

Division 3: Group and Public Communication

Group Communication

CHAPTER 17: Functional Perspective on Group Decision Making of Randy Hirokawa & Dennis Gouran
CHAPTER 18: Symbolic Convergence Theory of Ernest Bormann

Organizational Communication

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 Stanley Deetz

Public Rhetoric

CHAPTER 22: The Rhetoric of Aristotle
CHAPTER 23: Dramatism of Kenneth Burke
CHAPTER 24: Narrative Paradigm of Walter Fisher

Division 4: Mass Communication

Media and Culture

CHAPTER 25: Media Ecology of Marshall McLuhan
CHAPTER 26: Semiotics of Roland Barthes
CHAPTER 27: Cultural Studies of Stuart Hall

Media Effects

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

Division 5: Cultural Context

Gender and Communication

CHAPTER 31: Genderlect Styles of Deborah Tannen
CHAPTER 32: Standpoint Theory of Sandra Harding & Julia Wood
CHAPTER 33: Muted Group Theory of Cheris Kramarae

Intercultural Communication

CHAPTER 34: Communication Accommodation Theory of Howard Giles
CHAPTER 35: Face-Negotiation Theory of Stella Ting-Toomey
CHAPTER 36: Co-Cultural Theory of Mark Orbe

Division 6: Integration


CHAPTER 37: Common Threads in Comm Theories

Appendix A: Abstracts of Theories
Appendix B: Feature Films That Illustrate Communication Theories
Appendix C: NCA Credo for Ethical Communication 

About the Author

Em Griffin

Em Griffin received his B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from Northwestern University. He is professor of communication at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he has taught for the past 26 years and has been chosen Teacher of the Year. His research interest centers on the development of close friendships. Dr. Griffin is the author of three applied communication books: The Mind Changers analyzes practical techniques of persuasion; Getting Together offers research-based suggestions for effective group leadership; and Making Friends describes the way that quality interpersonal communication can build close relationships. He also leads workshops on these topics in the Philippines, Singapore, and the United States.

Andrew Ledbetter

Andrew Ledbetter received his M.A. and Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas. He is associate professor of communication studies at Texas Christian University. His research addresses how people use communication technology to maintain their interpersonal relationships. A related interest concerns how parent–child communication predicts health and well-being. Dr. Ledbetter has published more than 35 articles and received recognition for teaching excellence from both the National Communication Association and Central States Communication Association.

Glenn Sparks

Glenn Sparks received his Ph.D. in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University in Indiana, where he has taught for 28 years. His research focuses on the effects of media. Dr. Sparks is the author of Media Effects Research: A Basic Overview and a personal memoir, Rolling in Dough: Lessons I Learned in a Doughnut Shop; he is co-author of Refrigerator Rights: Our Crucial Need for Close Connection.



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