Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication: Multiple Perspectives

Offering insights from a Who's Who of scholars in interpersonal communication, Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication: Multiple Perspectives highlights theories used to guide interpersonal communication research, featuring chapters written by leading scholars of interpersonal communication. Presenting both classic and cutting-edge issues, the book organizes theories into three clusters - theories that are individually-centered; theories that are focused on discourse and interaction processes; and theories that examine how communication functions in personal relationships. It presents chapters written by the scholars who developed the theories or who use the theories extensively in their own research. It begins with an overview chapter written by the editors that lays out their perspective on theory and the current landscape of theory in interpersonal communication. It offers a parallel organizational structure in all chapters to ease comparison across theories. It includes overviews provided by the editors to help readers integrate and digest the multiple theories covered in the volume. Intended Audience - Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in such courses as: Applied Communication, Communication Theory, Communication Research, Interpersonal Communication, Personal Relationships, and Relational Communication in the fields of speech and human communication, family studies, and social psychology.