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Encyclopedia of Communication Theory

Encyclopedia of Communication Theory

Two Volume Set
Edited by:

August 2009 | 1 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

With more than 300 entries, these two volumes provide a one-stop source for a comprehensive overview of communication theory, offering current descriptions of theories as well as the background issues and concepts that comprise these theories. This is the first resource to summarize, in one place, the diversity of theory in the communication field.

Key Themes

  • Applications and Contexts
  • Critical Orientations
  • Cultural Orientations
  • Cybernetic and Systems Orientations
  • Feminist Orientations
  • Group and Organizational Concepts
  • Information, Media, and Communication Technology
  • International and Global Concepts
  • Interpersonal Concepts
  • Non-Western Orientations
  • Paradigms, Traditions, and Schools
  • Philosophical Orientations
  • Psycho-Cognitive Orientations
  • Rhetorical Orientations
  • Semiotic, Linguistic, and Discursive Orientations
  • Social/Interactional Orientations
  • Theory, Metatheory, Methodology, and Inquiry

"....In two volumes, the editors have provided an overview of the subject broad enough to allow users to appreciate the interconnectedness of the principles of communications in a general sense, and narrow enough to focus only upon communication theory."

A. Todman
St. John's University
Key features
  • Two volumes containing more than 300 signed entries (authored by over 200 contributing authors from 10 countries) provide users with the most authoritative and thorough reference resource available on communication theory, both in terms of breadth and depth of coverage.  Authors include some of the best-known theorists and comentators in the field.
  • General Editors Stephen W. Littlejohn and Karen A. Foss are co-authors of the best-selling textbook on communication theory, and in this new encyclopedia, they work with an international editorial board to ensure high quality content students can rely upon.
  • To ease navigation between and among related entries, a Reader's Guide groups entries thematically and each entry is followed by Cross-References.
  • While there are no separate biographical entries for theorists, per se, (because such biographies are readily available via the web) individuals who made important contributions to particular theories are discussed within those entries, and individuals are listed in a separate section within the Reader's Guide.
  • An appendix with a Chronology of Communication Theory allows students to easily chart directions and trends in thought and theory from classical times to the present.
  • Suggestions for Further Reading at the end of each entry guide readers to sources for more detailed research and discussion, and the backmatter contains a selected bibliography of major works by topics.

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