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Contemporary Issues in Interpersonal Communication

Mark P. Orbe and Carol J. Bruess

Publication Date - November 2004

ISBN: 9780195330564

364 pages
8 x 10 inches

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This text introduces the foundational ideas and concepts of interpersonal communication and applies them to issues and events relevant to today's college student population.


Contemporary Issues in Interpersonal Communication introduces the foundational ideas and concepts of interpersonal communication and applies them to issues and events relevant to today's college student population. The text does not simply reiterate the standard set of interpersonal communication's core ideas and theories, nor does it exclude them. Rather, authors Orbe and Bruess offer an integrated approach--both traditional and contemporary--introducing the concepts, models, and theories of the field in a way that will engage and challenge today's most culturally sensitive, technologically savvy, and forward-thinking interpersonal communication students.

The authors feature a highly diverse mix of cultural groups, fresh examples, and cutting-edge research. Written in clear, student-friendly language, the text tcnks specific communication practices regarding issues of culture, power, and technology in all contexts of interpersonal communication. The knowledge and awareness of how culture, power, and technology influence all aspects of our interpersonal interactions is essential for students seeking competence and effectiveness as interpersonal communicators.

This text is organized in three sections: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Messages, and Communication Contexts. It offers multiple pedagogical features designed to engage students in fun, meaningful, and relevant ways, eliminating the need for supplemental materials. Each chapter provides Contemporary Issues (case studies describing real-life news stories), Myths About Interpersonal Communication, Practical Research Opportunities, Self-Reflection Exercises, Applied Concept Features, and Skill Builders. In addition, each chapter also features Chapter Activities designed for in-class, out-of-class, community-based, and web-based learning as well as Suggested Contemporary Readings intended to promote opportunities for learning beyond what is covered in the text. Chapter Summaries and Key Terms are also provided.

A comprehensive Instructor's Manual/Testing Program is available electronically, which includes an in-depth explanation of how to bring service learning into the interpersonal communication classroom, including specific service-learning project assignments. There is also a dedicated Website. In addition, an Interactive Student Study Guide is available through the Website.

Table of Contents

    Part I: An Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
    1: An Orientation to Interpersonal Communication
    Contemporary Issues: Loving Across Cultural Lines
    Myths About Interpersonal Communication
    Why Study Interpersonal Communication?
    The Interpersonal Communication Process
    Defining Interpersonal Communication
    Key Principles of Interpersonal Communication
    Preview of Remaining Chapters
    2: Culture, Power, and Technology: Contemporary Issues in Interpersonal
    Contemporary Issues: Changing Lives Through the Power of
    Myths About Interpersonal Communication
    Three Evolving Contemporary Issues
    Culture and Interpersonal Communication
    Power and Interpersonal Communication
    Technology and Interpersonal Communication
    3: Self and Communication
    Contemporary Issues: Self-Esteem-Based
    Myths About Interpersonal Communication
    Self-Concept Development
    The Importance of Social Identities
    Communicating Self
    General Self-Disclosure Patterns
    Contemporary Issues and Communicating Self
    Self-Disclosure and Technology
    4: Perception and Communication
    Contemporary Issues: The Power of Self-Perceptions
    Myths About Interpersonal Communication
    Understanding Perception as a Process
    Why Do Perceptions Differ?
    Common Patterns in Perception
    Cultural Stereotypes: A Form of Overattribution
    Perceptions of Technology
    The Power of Perceptions
    Part II: Interpersonal Messages
    5: Language and Meaning
    Contemporary Issues: The Importance of Language Choices
    Myths About Interpersonal Communication
    The Nature of Language
    Characteristics of Language
    Language and Meaning
    Language and Culture
    Language and Power
    Language Bias
    Semantics of Prejudice
    The Dynamic Nature of Language
    6: Nonverbal Communication
    Contemporary Issues: Use Caution When E-Mailing
    Myths About Interpersonal Communication
    What Is Nonverbal Communication?
    Using Nonverbal Cues
    The Relationship Between Nonverbal and Verbal Communication
    Types of Nonverbal Communication
    Coenetics: Nonverbal Codes Across Cultures
    7: Listening
    Contemporary Issues: Listening in Littleton
    Myths About Interpersonal Communication
    Listening: An Essential Interpersonal Skill
    Listening in the Twenty-First Century
    Hearing Versus Listening
    Mindfulness and Listening
    Listening: A Cultural Form of Communication
    Types of Listening
    Skills for Better Listening: Avoid Listening Blocks
    Barriers to Effective Listening
    8: Creating Positive Interpersonal Climates
    Contemporary Issues: Gay Students Face Abusive Social
    Myths About Interpersonal Communication
    Defining Positive Communication Climates and Increasing
    Communication Competence
    How Does a Communication Climate Develop?
    9: Managing Conflict
    Contemporary Issues: Mismanaging Emotions During Conflict
    Myths About Interpersonal Communication
    Defining Conflict
    Thinking About Conflict
    The Nature of Conflict
    Different Cultural Perspectives
    Conflict Strategies
    The Role of Emotions During Conflict
    Communicating Your Emotions During Conflict
    Assessing Others' Emotions During Conflict
    Cyberspace Conflict
    Part III: Communication Contexts
    10: Communicating in Personal Relationships
    Contemporary Issues: E-Romance
    Myths About Interpersonal Communication
    Communication and the Development of Personal Relationships
    How and Why We Form Personal Relationships
    Relational Maintenance: What Keeps Relationships Going?
    11: Communicating in the Family
    Contemporary Issues: A Different Kind of Family
    Myths About Interpersonal Communication
    The Twenty-First-Century Family
    Communicating for Family Satisfaction: Family Rules,
    Rituals, Images, Stories, and Powers
    12: Communicating at Work
    Contemporary Issues: A Dream Job Goes Bad
    Myths About Interpersonal Communication
    The Twenty-First-Century Workplace
    Being an Effective Communicator at Work
    Work-Related Relationships
    Personal Relationships at Work
    Communication via the Grapevine
    Romance in the Workplace
    Power and Leadership in Organizations
    Sexual Harassment
    Contemporary Issues and Sexual Harassment
    Chapter Notes
    Name Index
    Subject Index

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