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In the Company of Others

An Introduction to Communication

Fourth Edition

J. Dan Rothwell

Publication Date - February 2012

ISBN: 9780199861620

592 pages
8 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $107.95

Competence in Communication. With Rothwell, it's not just talk.


Now in its fourth edition, In the Company of Others continues to use the "communication competence" model to bring introductory human communication courses to life for students. Combining current research with humor, vivid examples, and practical advice, Rothwell tackles interpersonal and small group communication alongside public speaking in a single term.

New to this Edition

  • - The "Communication Competence" model appears in each heading and all chapter summaries are explicitly tied to this approach
  • - More than 500 new references added
  • - Rigorously updated social media and technology examples
  • - "Focus on Controversy" boxes, "Developing Communication Competence" self-assessment exercises, "Film School" features, and photo captions updated to include more quizzes and critical-thinking probes

About the Author(s)

J. Dan Rothwell is chair of the Communication Studies Department at Cabrillo College.

Previous Publication Date(s)

March 2009
August 2003


"A cutting-edge textbook that actually has personality. Students will love the 'Film School Case Studies' section at the end of each chapter."--Ronnie Stanley, Northwest Florida State College

"In the Company of Others embraces humane values without denying the complexity of issues related to them."--George Denger, Lake Superior State University

"In the Company of Others is about communicating in an ever more diverse society. The text does this very well, with examples taken from people and situations with which students are familiar."--William Ferreira, Houston Community College

"Rothwell integrates the communication competence model throughout in a way that actually shows students which elements of competence are relevant."--Ben Tyson, Central Connecticut State University

Table of Contents

    Part One: Fundamentals of Communication

    Chapter 1: Competent Communication: Effective and Appropriate
    Chapter 2: Perception of Self and Others: Who Am I? Who Are They?
    Chapter 3: Culture and Gender
    Chapter 4: Language: Sharing Meaning with Words
    Chapter 5: Nonverbal Communication: Sharing Meaning Without Words
    Chapter 6: Listening to Others

    Part Two: Interpersonal Communication

    Chapter 7: Power: The Inescapable Interpersonal Dynamic
    Chapter 8: Making Relationships Work
    Chapter 9: Interpersonal Conflict Management

    Part Three: Group Communication

    Chapter 10: The Anatomy of Small Groups
    Chapter 11: Effective Groups

    Part Four: Public Speaking

    Chapter 12: Preparing Speeches
    Chapter 13: Presenting Speeches
    Chapter 14: Informative Speaking
    Chapter 15: Persuasive Speaking

    Appendix A: Interviewing
    Appendix B: Speeches for Special Occasions

Teaching Resources

Instructors Manual and Test Bank

Companion Website

Instructor Resource CD with Test Bank

Student Solution Manual



In the Company of Others

+ Now Playing: Learning Communication Through Film 2012 Edition (978-0-19-992910-8)

In the Company of Others

+ Student Success Manual (978-0-19-92911-5)

In the Company of Others

+ Now Playing 2012 + Student Success Manual (978-0-19-992909-2)

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