Theories of Human Communication:  by Stephen W. Littlejohn, Karen A. Foss, John G. Oetzel
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Theories of Human Communication
Eleventh Edition
The Eleventh Edition is organized around: (1) elements of the basic communication model—communicator, message, medium, and “beyond” human communication; and (2) communication contexts—relationship, group, organization, health, culture, and society. A new chapter discusses four frameworks by which theories can be organized; students can see how theories contribute to and are impacted by larger issues about the nature of inquiry.

To provide comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of theories, the authors surveyed articles in communication journals published over the last five years. Each chapter covers an average of 13 theories, half of which are new to this edition. New areas covered include health, social media, and “beyond human communication”—communication between humans and nature, humans and objects, humans and technology, humans and the divine. “From the Source” boxes give students a look at the theorists behind the theories—their inspirations, motivations, and goals.

Written in an accessible style, the book is ideal for upper-division undergraduate classes and as a comprehensive summary of major theories for the graduate level. Online instructor’s resource materials include extensive outlines, key terms, exam questions, and text graphics.
“This remains the single best textbook for graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses in communication theory. No other textbook brings such a vast, complex, and often intimidating field under such a clear and coherent meta-theoretical schema. It makes both teaching and learning communication theory eminently manageable and very rewarding. The latest edition, with updated content, demonstrates the staying power of the book’s core design.” — Jason Hannan, University of Winnipeg

“So far, this is my students’ favorite textbook for communication theory. We all like the organization and contents.” — Li Li, University of Wyoming
Table of Contents
Part I: Foundations

1. Foundations of Communication Theory
Defining Communication / The Academic Study of Communication / The Idea of Theory / Dimensions of Theory / Evaluating Communication Theory / Our Theoretical Standpoint / Looking Forward

2. Frameworks for Organizing Theories
Paradigms of Inquiry / Discourses of Communication / Communication Tiers / Traditions of Communication Theory

PART II: Elements of the Communication Model

3. The Communicator
Biophysiological Theories / Cognitive and Information Processing Theories / Communication Competence / Identity Theories / Agency

4. The Message
Semiotics / Interpretation / Production, Use, and Strategy

5. The Medium
The Medium and Production / Content and Effects / Motivations, Uses, and Consumption

6. Beyond Human Communication
Communication between Humans and Nature / Communication between Humans and Objects / Communication between Humans and Technology / Communication between Humans and the Divine

Part III: Contexts of Communication

7. The Relationship
Boundaries and Connections / Constructing and Transcending Difference / Tensions and Challenges

8. The Group
Foundational Approaches / Group Context / Group Process and Effectiveness

9. The Organization
Organizing and Structuring / Control and Resistance / External Stakeholder Communication

10. Health Contexts
Messages and Behavior Change / Relationships / Managing Information and Risk / Health Disparities

11. Culture
Communicating Culture / Intercultural Communication Competence / Cultural Adaptation and Change / Negotiating Difference

12. Society
Modernism and Postmodernism / Power and Ideology / Preservation and Change