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Nonverbal Communication

Nonverbal Communication
An Applied Approach

Second Edition

July 2024 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Nonverbal Communication: An Applied Approach, Second Edition teaches students the fundamentals of nonverbal communication in a way that helps them see the connections between the principles they learn and the everyday communication they perform and interpret. Nonverbal Communication: An Applied Approach has taken a narrative style and applied approach that is informed by the important theories and research-driven knowledge of this interdisciplinary area of study. This approach encourages students to understand the relevancy of nonverbal codes right away, instead of waiting until the second half of the course to explore applications. Author Jonathan Bowman also brings in a unique focus on diversity and social justice, demonstrating how nonverbal communication shapes and molds how we interact in a diverse society. The Second Edition includes updated examples, a new Upgrade feature box examining the impact of digital experiences across the course of the lifespan, and updated key terms, guiding and closing questions, citations, photos, and figures. 

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Chapter 1 • Nonverbal Communication Origins
Chapter 2 • Nonverbal Communication Features
Chapter 3 • Identity and the Nonverbal Codes
Chapter 4 • Kinesics: Engaging Motion and Gestures
Chapter 5 • Proxemics: Engaging Personal Space and Interpersonal Distance
Chapter 6 • Haptics: Engaging Physical Contact and Touch
Chapter 7 • Oculesics: Engaging Gaze and Other Eye Behaviors
Chapter 8 • Vocalics: Engaging the Voice and Other Vocalizations
Chapter 9 • Physical Appearance: Engaging Identity and Physical Features
Chapter 10 • Environmental Elements: Engaging Fixed and Semi-Fixed Features
Chapter 11 • Chronemics and Olfactics: Cultural Codes of Time and Scent
Chapter 12 • Nonverbal Communication Moving Forward


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Key features
  • New and updated examples.
  • Updated coverage of timely and important topics including culture, power and oculesics, race, ethnicity, and gender, and AI powered tactile devices.
  • New Upgrade Box Features discuss the impact of digital experiences across the lifespan, further impacting the way we engage with one another in an increasingly technology driven-world. Some topics examined include online and digital dating, cyberbullying, and audio distortion. 
  • Updated photos, tables and figures. 
  • Chapter opening introductory vignettes have been updated in select chapters.
  • A narrative style helps engage students and keep them interested in the material.
  • Learning objectives, guiding questions and application-based vignettes at the start of chapters allow students to anticipate forthcoming content with more context.
  • Inclusive examples make the material more directly relatable and memorable to students.
  • Measure boxes focus on the measurement of a nonverbal construct using methods from nonverbal research to illustrate operationalization.
  • Examine boxes provide opportunities for personal reflection and the consideration of the ethics of nonverbal communication as it relates to each chapter.
  • Engage boxes highlight nonverbal communication with practical, real-world examples of nonverbal communication in diverse contexts.
  • Absorb boxes feature a stable-link fair-use video clip from current television or film to explore a nonverbal communication behavior in an example from recent media.
  • Apply boxes use scenarios to help students consider how to practice content related to each section within their own social worlds, encouraging students to become more fluent in navigating unique contexts.
  • Upgrade boxes discuss the impact of digital experiences across the course of the lifespan, impacting the way we engage with one another in an increasingly technology-driven world.
  • Line drawings and photographs help illustrate key content and show contexts in which that content emerges.
  • End-of-chapter summaries and closing questions allow students to review and reinforce chapter content.

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