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September 2019
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Publishing: 
September 2019
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500 (est)
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978-1-4533-9537-0

Our Communication, Our World: An Introduction to Communication Studies

Version 1.0 By: Richard G. Jones, Jr.

Key Features:

  • Emphasizes practicality and competence. The book’s “real world” focus integrates content about communicating in professional contexts throughout. Relevant and concrete examples ensure students immediately see the applicability of what they learn.
  • Utilizes a tone that is conversational and stimulates the reader to engage in inner dialogue.
  • Emphasizes critical thinking and encourages linking theory to practice.
  • Each chapter is structured around supportive learning components.
  • “Learning Objectives” organized by main section.
  • Key terms highlight important concepts and terminology.
  • Four boxed features appear throughout.
    • "Getting Real” explains how fundamental concepts have been explored or applied in recent research.
    • “Getting Competent” presents information to help learners develop skills as scholars and practitioners.
    • “Getting Digital” highlights the intersection of communication and technology, including the internet, smartphones, and social media.
    • “Getting Critical” enhances analytical thinking and invites reflection by drawing on examples from current events, politics, and popular culture—often within the context of ethical considerations.
  • Diversity coverage is woven into each chapter, rather than relegated to boxes or sidebars.
  • Includes current topics not consistently covered in other titles, such as communication research methods (Chapter 1), health communication (Chapter 12), and critical approaches in communication (integrated throughout).

Our Communication, Our World: An Introduction to Communication Studies is suitable for introduction to human communication courses, usually called introduction to communication studies, speech communication, or human communication. The course is geared to communication majors but often enrolls non-majors. Our Communication, Our World: An Introduction to Communication Studies surveys the entire field of human communication (history/research, interpersonal, small group, and limited coverage of public speaking).

Our Communication, Our World: An Introduction to Communication Studies conveys the time-tested conceptual foundations of human communication. It incorporates the newest, pertinent research and cutting-edge applications of basic communication concepts. Special attention is paid to the connection between theory and practice to highlight practicality and connect with students’ real-world experiences. Faculty and students will value this book’s down-to-earth approach; integrative, learning-driven features; concrete and relevant examples; and well-researched but conversational tone.

  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgments
  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Communication History, Theory, and Research

  • 1.1 History And Forms Of Communication
  • 1.2 Communication Theory
  • 1.3 Communication Research
  • Chapter 2: Communication Processes and Principles

  • 2.1 The Communication Process
  • 2.2 Communication Principles
  • 2.3 Communication Competence
  • Chapter 3: Communication and Perception

  • 3.1 Perception Process
  • 3.2 Perceiving Others
  • 3.3 Perceiving And Presenting Self
  • 3.4 Improving Perception
  • Chapter 4: Verbal Communication

  • 4.1 Language And Meaning
  • 4.2 Functions Of Language
  • 4.3 Using Words Well
  • 4.4 Language, Society, And Culture
  • Chapter 5: Nonverbal Communication

  • 5.1 Principles And Functions Of Nonverbal Communication
  • 5.2 Types Of Nonverbal Communication
  • 5.3 Nonverbal Communication Competence
  • 5.4 Nonverbal Communication In Context
  • Chapter 6: Listening

  • 6.1 Understanding How And Why We Listen
  • 6.2 Barriers To Effective Listening
  • 6.3 Improving Listening Competence
  • 6.4 Listenable Messages And Effective Feedback
  • Chapter 7: Interpersonal Communication Processes

  • 7.1 Principles Of Interpersonal Communication
  • 7.2 Conflict And Interpersonal Communication
  • 7.3 Emotions And Interpersonal Communication
  • 7.4 Self Disclosure And Interpersonal Communication
  • Chapter 8: Communication in Relationships

  • 8.1 Foundations Of Relationships
  • 8.2 Communication And Friends
  • 8.3 Communication And Families
  • 8.4 Romantic Relationships
  • 8.5 The Dark Side Of Relationships
  • Chapter 9: Culture and Communication

  • 9.1 Foundations Of Culture And Identity
  • 9.2 Exploring Specific Cultural Identities
  • 9.3 Intercultural Communication
  • 9.4 Intercultural Communication Competence
  • Chapter 10: Small Group Communication

  • 10.1 Understanding Small Groups
  • 10.2 Small Group Development
  • 10.3 Small Group Dynamics
  • 10.4 Group Member Roles
  • Chapter 11: Organizational Communication

  • 11.1 Perspectives On Organizations And Communication
  • 11.2 Leadership In Organizations
  • 11.3 Relationships In Organizations
  • 11.4 Organizational Communication Competence
  • Chapter 12: Health Communication

  • 12.1 Health Communication And Healthcare Systems
  • 12.2 Health Communication In Communities
  • 12.3 Health Communication In Relationships
  • 12.4 Health Communication Competence
  • Chapter 13: Public Communication

  • 13.1 Planning Your Speech
  • 13.2 Researching And Supporting Your Speech
  • 13.3 Organizing Your Speech
  • 13.4 Delivering Your Speech
  • Chapter 14: Media, Technology, and Communication

  • 14.1 Technological Advances: From The Printing Press To The I Phone
  • 14.2 Functions And Theories Of Mass Communication
  • 14.3 Mass Communication And Ethics
  • Chapter 15: New Media and Communication

  • 15.1 New Media Technologies
  • 15.2 New Media And Society
  • 15.3 New Media, The Self, And Relationships
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    Richard G. Jones, Jr. Eastern Illinois University

    Richard G. Jones, Jr., (PhD, University of Denver) is Associate Professor and Introductory Course Director in the School of Communication and Journalism at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. Rich holds a PhD in Human Communication Studies with a concentration in Culture and Communication from the University of Denver. He also has an MA in Speech Communication; a post-baccalaureate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies; and a BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Rich is an academic, educator, consultant, engaged citizen, and community member. As an academic, his research has been published in scholarly journals and books, and he regularly presents at local, regional, and national conferences. As an educator, he has won teaching awards as a graduate teaching assistant and as a tenured faculty member. His educational philosophy is guided by the notion that the classroom is the doorway to developing critical thinking skills, which prepares students to be engaged citizens who work for the public good. As a consultant, he has worked with non-profit organizations and social service providers on various topics related to diversity and communication. Since much of his research is related to social justice and community building, Rich believes that being active in his community is an important part of modeling the behaviors about which he writes and teaches. Rich is a four-time recipient of Eastern Illinois University’s Achievement and Contribution Award that honors faculty members’ outstanding achievements and academic contributions. He was recognized three times in the "balanced" category, which considers teaching, research, and service as a whole, and one time in the service category. In his spare time, Rich enjoys playing with his dogs, restoring his Victorian home, and being an active member of the community theatre scene in East Central Illinois.
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