Introducing Communication: Perspectives, Assumptions, and Implications

Introducing Communication: Perspectives, Assumptions, and Implications

by Amardo Rodriguez

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The study of communication deepens our understanding of the human condition, enlarges how we frame and resolve human problems and struggles, and allows us to appreciate the different perspectives that communication brings to the study of the human experience. Introducing Communication provides an overview of eight different communication perspectives and explores important concepts from around the world, highlighting the consequences and implications that come with diverse ways of defining, understanding, and studying communication. Featuring discussions on issues and challenges associated with mass globalization and new technologies, this smart and sophisticated text encourages students to reflect on how these consequences and implications come to bear on how we live and communicate. Introducing Communication is ideally suited for instructors who teach introductory communication courses and are seeking a text that is theoretically rigorous, intellectually expansive, and pedagogically elegant.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487535667
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 01/29/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Amardo Rodriguez is a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith professor in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University.

Table of Contents


1. Communication as Language and Symbols
2. Communication as Messages
3. Communication as Media
4. Communication as Meanings
5. Communication as Narratives
6. Communication as s Performances
7. Communication as Relationships
8. Communication as Modes of Being
9. Integration and Discussion
10. Challenges Facing the Study and Practice of Communication

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Heather E. Harris

"Amardo Rodriguez's latest work continues to facilitate the filling of the gap in terms of what we think we know about the study and practice of communication, and about ourselves. He encourages us to go deeper by being both curious and courageous so that we may view communication more expansively and inclusively. Additionally, he explains how the questions we are willing to pose and to ponder can serve to reveal the superficial boundaries that frame our "discipline." Introducing Communication: Perspectives, Assumptions, and Implications is ultimately about interrogating what we think we know about communication, and our role in it. This book is essential reading for students, faculty, and/ or anyone interested in comprehending communication beyond its boundaries."

Ronald L. Jackson II

"This book lays bare the essence of communication as contextually based, and is written in clear and cogently articulated terms that an undergraduate student can comprehend and the most sophisticated scholar can appreciate. Bravo to Professor Rodriguez for a beautifully written expository treatment of our field!"

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