Communication in Everyday Life
AUTHOR: McMahan, David T. and Duck, Steve W.
PUBLISHER: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
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This text provides a basic introduction to the usual topics that are covered in a survey text but does so in a number of different ways by emphasizing the importance of relationship contexts in the enactment of social life. In addition, Communication in Everyday Life extends the topical coverage with chapters on family communication, health communication, communication in the workplace, and communication in the public arena. The authors explore the ways relationships (between each other, between family members, between media and end-user or consumer, and between self and the community) affect communication, and vice versa.
When communicational life is seen as an everyday experience--and not some compilation of unusual or extraordinary sorts of activity that are usually offered in the separate and segregated topic chapters in most textbooks--then it becomes possible to explain many communication processes in a systematic and unified way, based on the fundamental relevance of human relationships to everyday experience. Even such activities as media consumption are moderated by the relationships with which people experience their daily lives. Hence, the underlying theme of relationships usefully connects many aspects of a survey text that will give it a coherence and a relevance to students that has been previously missing, obscure, or under emphasized.
PUBLICATION DATE: 10/2/2009
CATEGORY: Language Arts & Disciplines