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Making Connections

Making Connections: Readings in Relational Communication, Fifth Edition, is a unique collection of readings that provides a balanced, timely, and challenging set of perspectives on relational communication. Edited by Kathleen M. Galvin, the volume includes diverse selections from the recent work of top communication scholars and teachers, offering a balance between humanistic and social-science perspectives. Each reading exposes students to the latest developments in the ever-changing field of interpersonal communication.


  • Employs the “lenses” of gender, family, and culture to view and make sense of relational communication
  • Offers a well-rounded discussion of the links between communication competencies and relationships
  • Features a developmental approach to relationships that addresses initiating, sustaining, and ending them
  • Reflects direct applications of relational issues within contexts of family, friendships, and technology
  • Explores issues relating to computer-mediated communication and new technologies in everyday life
  • Provides detailed introductions to each section and articles that describe relevant theories or research
  • Presents discussion questions at the end of each reading, helping students integrate and apply key points  


  • Includes ten new articles and nine updated articles
  • Updates the technology section with all new essays about presenting the self online, the impact of the Internet on social tolerance, and living a wired life
  • Updates this Instructor’s Companion Website, which contains the Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank written by Courtney Waite Miller at Elmhurst College


Kathleen M. Galvin is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University.

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