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International encyclopedia of interpersonal communication
Berger, C. R., & Roloff, M. E., (Eds.) and Wilson, S. R., Dillard, J. P., Caughlin, J., & Solomon, D. H. (Associate Eds.). (2016). International encyclopedia of interpersonal communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
The International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication presents a comprehensive overview of the theories, concepts and processes that interpersonal communication researchers use to explain a wide variety of social interaction phenomena.
Rhetoric Across Borders (2015)
Rhetoric Across Borders, edited by Anne T. Demo. (Palor Press, 2015)
Rhetoric Across Borders features twenty-one essays and six excerpts from the "In Conversation" panels convened at the sixteenth Biennial Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Conference.
The Motherhood Business: Consumption, Communication, and Privilege (2015)
The Motherhood Business: Consumption, Communication, and Privilege, eds. Anne T. Demo, Jennifer L. Borda, and Charlotte H. Kroløkke. (University of Alabama Press, 2015)
The Motherhood Business explores the consumer life of mothers and the emerging entrepreneurship associated with motherhood. The edited volume examines how different forms of privilege (class, race, and nationality) inform discourses about mothering, consumption, mobility, and leisure.
Democracy in Small Groups: Participation, decision making, and communication, 2nd edition
Gastil, J. (2014). Democracy in small groups: Participation, decision making, and communication, 2nd edition. State College, PA: Efficacy Press.
The second edition of Democracy in Small Groups helps you choose the democratic method appropriate to the most important groups in your life. Reading this book will help you translate abstract theories into workable principles for democratic decision making. You will learn how to overcome the most common obstacles to effective meetings. You will also see how democratic principles can improve your daily life, as well as your larger political institutions. Whether organizing a yard sale for the PTA, a political campaign, or a project team at work, this book can help you and your group make and implement better decisions while building member morale and leadership skills.
The Australian Citizens Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy
Carson, L., Gastil, J., Hartz-Karp, J., & Lubensky, R. (Eds.) (2013). The Australian Citizens’ Parliament and the future of deliberative democracy. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.
Growing numbers of scholars, practitioners, politicians, and citizens recognize the value of deliberative civic engagement processes that enable citizens and governments to come together in public spaces and engage in constructive dialogue, informed discussion, and decisive deliberation. This book seeks to fill a gap in empirical studies in deliberative democracy by studying the assembly of the Australian Citizens’ Parliament (ACP), which took place in Canberra on February 6–8, 2009. The ACP addressed the question “How can the Australian political system be strengthened to serve us better?” The ACP’s Canberra assembly is the first large-scale, face-to-face deliberative project to be completely audio-recorded and transcribed, enabling an unprecedented level of qualitative and quantitative assessment of participants’ actual spoken discourse. Each chapter reports on different research questions for different purposes to benefit different audiences. Combined, they exhibit how diverse modes of research focused on a single event can enhance both theoretical and practical knowledge about deliberative democracy.
Interpersonal Communication: Putting Theory into Practice
Solomon, D. H., & Theiss, J. A. (2013). Interpersonal communication: Putting theory into practice. New York: Routledge.
This text provides an introduction to the field of interpersonal communication, suitable for undergraduate majors in communication studies, as well as non-majors.
The Sage Handbook of Persuasion: Developments in Theory and Practice
Dillard, J. P. & Shen, L. (2013) (Eds). The Sage handbook of persuasion: Developments in theory and practice (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
The 2nd edition of the persuasion handbook provides readers with logical, comprehensive summaries of research in a wide range of areas related to persuasion. From a topic standpoint, this handbook takes an interdisciplinary approach, covering issues that will be of interest to interpersonal and mass communication researchers as well as to psychologists and public health practitioners. Persuasion is presented in this volume on a micro to macro continuum, moving from chapters on cognitive processes, the individual, and theories of persuasion, to chapters highlighting broader social factors and phenomena related to persuasion, such as social context and larger scale persuasive campaigns. Each chapter identifies key challenges to the area and provides research strategies for addressing those challenges.
Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form: Sighting Memory (2013)
Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form: Sighting Memory, eds. Anne T. Demo and Bradford Vivian. (Routledge, 2011).
Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form explores the intersections among visual and memorial forms in modern art, politics, and society through the interdisciplinary lens of rhetoric and communication, art and art history, architecture, and landscape studies. The international collection engages not only how memories may be seen (or sighted) in visual form but also how visual forms constitute noteworthy material sites of memory. The question of the relationships among images and memory is particularly relevant to contemporary society, at a time when visually-based technologies are increasingly employed in both grand and modest efforts to preserve the past amid rapid social change.
Democracy in motion: Evaluating the practice and impact of deliberative civic engagement
Nabatchi, T., Gastil, J., Weiksner, M., & Leighninger, M. (Eds.) (2012). Democracy in motion: Evaluating the practice and impact of deliberative civic engagement. New York: Oxford University Press.
Democracy in Motion represents the first comprehensive attempt to assess the practice and impact of deliberative civic engagement. Organized in a series of chapters that address the big questions of deliberative civic engagement, it uses theory, research, and practice from around the world to explore what we know about, how we know it, and what remains to be understood. More than a simple summary of research, the book is designed to be accessible and useful to a wide variety of audiences, from scholars and practitioners working in numerous disciplines and fields, to public officials, activists, and average citizens who are seeking to utilize deliberative civic engagement in their communities.
Making the case: Advocacy and judgment in public argument
Olson, Kathryn M., Michael William Pfau, Benjamin Ponder, and Kirt H. Wilson. 2013. Making the Case: Advocacy and Judgment in Public Argument. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.
In an era when the value of the humanities and qualitative inquiry has been questioned in academia and beyond, Making the Case is an engaging and timely collection that brings together a veritable who’s who of public address scholars to illustrate the power of case-based scholarly argument and to demonstrate how critical inquiry into a specific moment speaks to general contexts and theories. Providing both a theoretical framework and a wealth of historically situated texts, Making the Case spans from Homeric Greece to twenty-first-century America. The authors examine the dynamic interplay of texts and their concomitant rhetorical situations by drawing on a number of case studies, including controversial constitutional arguments put forward by activists and presidents in the nineteenth century, inventive economic pivots by Franklin Roosevelt and Alan Greenspan, and the rhetorical trajectory and method of Barack Obama.
The Routledge Handbook of Health Communication, 2nd Edition
Thompson, T., Parrott, R., & Nussbaum, N. (2011). Routledge handbook of health communication, 2nd ed. New York: Taylor & Francis Publishing Group.
The Routledge Handbook of Health Communication brings together the current body of scholarly work in health communication. With its expansive scope, it offers an introduction for those new to this area, summarizes work for those already learned in the area, and suggests avenues for future research on the relationships between communicative processes and health/health care delivery.
The jury and democracy: How jury deliberation promotes civic engagement and political participation
Gastil, J., Deess, E. P., Weiser, P., & Simmons, C. (2010). The jury and democracy: How jury deliberation promotes civic engagement and political participation. New York: Oxford University Press.
Drawing from in-depth interviews, thousands of juror surveys, and court and voting records from across the United States, the authors show that serving on a jury can trigger changes in how citizens view themselves, their peers, and their government--and can even significantly increase electoral turnout among infrequent voters. Jury service also sparks long-term shifts in media use, political action, and community involvement. In an era when involved Americans are searching for ways to inspire their fellow citizens, The Jury and Democracy offers a plausible and realistic path for turning passive spectators into active political participants.
Enemyship: Democracy and Counter-Revolution in the Early Republic
Jeremy Engels, Enemyship: Democracy and Counter-Revolution in the Early Republic (Michigan State University Press, 2010).
The Declaration of Independence is usually celebrated as a radical document that inspired revolution in the English colonies, in France, and elsewhere. In Enemyship, however, Jeremy Engels views the Declaration as a rhetorical strategy that outlined wildly effective arguments justifying revolution against a colonial authority--- and then threatened political stability once independence was finally achieved. Enemyship examines what happened during the latter years of the Revolutionary War and in the immediate post-Revolutionary period, when the rhetorics and energies of revolution began to seem problematic to many wealthy and powerful Americans. To mitigate this threat, says Engels, the founders of the United States deployed the rhetorics of what he calls "enemyship," calling upon Americans to unite in opposition to their shared national enemies.
Brain health and optimal engagement in older adulthood
Nussbaum, J.F., Federowicz, M., & Nussbaum, P.D. (2009). Brain health and optimal engagement in older adulthood. Girona, Spain: Editorial Aresta.
The human brain is a magnificent structure that can function to maximize our ability to lead a very long and satisfying life. Brain health and optimal engagement in older adulthood focuses on the brain as the single most important human organ as we adapt to the many challenges of the aging process. This book links brain health and family, friendship and professional relationships in older adulthood with maintaining a high quality of life well beyond the seventh and eighth decade of life. Pragmatic suggestions based upon the most recent scientific evidence are provided to help each of us maintain brain health. The importance of maintaining a balanced interactive network into older adulthood is not only dependent upon brain health but is shown to be a direct result of brain health. The three authors of this book from three distinct scientific backgrounds: life span development; clinical neuropsychology; and public health, blend their diverse perspectives into a unique understanding of successful aging that offers each reader insight in how to maximize their potential to lead a high quality of life throughout the entirety of the life span.
Public Forgetting: The Rhetoric and Politics of Beginning Again
Bradford Vivian. Public Forgetting: The Rhetoric and Politics of Beginning Again. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010.
Forgetting is usually juxtaposed with memory as its opposite in a negative way: it is seen as the loss of the ability to remember, or, ironically, as the inevitable process of distortion or dissolution that accompanies attempts to commemorate the past. The civic emphasis on the crucial importance of preserving lessons from the past to prevent us from repeating mistakes that led to violence and injustice, invoked most poignantly in the call of “Never again” from Holocaust survivors, tends to promote a view of forgetting as verging on sin or irresponsibility. In this book, Bradford Vivian hopes to put a much more positive spin on forgetting by elucidating its constitutive role in the formation and transformation of public memory. Using examples ranging from classical rhetoric to contemporary crises like 9/11, Public Forgetting demonstrates how, contrary to conventional wisdom, communities may adopt idioms of forgetting in order to create new and beneficial standards of public judgment concerning the lessons and responsibilities of their shared past.
The group in society
Gastil, J. (2010). The group in society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
The Group in Society meets the challenges of teaching courses on small groups by revealing the full complexity of small groups and their place in society. It shows students the value of learning how to carefully study a group's history and context, rather than merely learning a fixed set of group participation skills. This text brings together disparate theories and research (from communication, social psychology, organizational and managerial studies, and sociology) in a way that helps students make sense of a complex body of scholarship on groups.
Communication and intimacy in older adulthood
Nussbaum, J.F., Miller-Day, M. & Fisher, C. (2009). Communication and intimacy in older adulthood. Girona, Spain: Editoria Aresta.
What is intimacy? Intimacy is . . . "warmth, satisfaction, closeness, connection, friendly, touching, caring, spiritual union, emotional union, feeling safe and secure, sharing daily lives, a sense of understanding and a patient attitude, being there for each other, being partners and a team . . . all kinda intertwined." The study of intimacy as an important ingredient in each of our lives has only recently been the focus of social scientists. Over the past twenty years however, numerous scholars have devoted their careers to documenting the nature and importance of intimate relationships across the entirety of the life span. As the nature of intimacy changes throughout our lives, it becomes important to understand what factors are helping each of us attain intimacy and change the very nature of intimacy as we age. Factors such as gender, cultural norms, interpersonal skills, and physical limitations both enhance and limit our ability to maintain intimacy. Therefore, intimacy may best be understood as a communicative process involving the constant negotiation of the level, type and physical manifestation of that intimacy. Certain communication skills that help us to maintain our close relationships can help us to understand how intimacy can be achieved in later life.
The Sage Handbook of Rhetorical Studies
The Sage Handbook of Rhetorical Studies. Eds. Andrea Lunsford, Kirt Wilson, Rosa A. Eberly. Sage, 2008.
The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies surveys the latest advances in rhetorical scholarship, synthesizing theories and practices across major areas of study in the field and pointing the way for future studies. Edited by Andrea A. Lunsford and Associate Editors Kirt H. Wilson and Rosa A. Eberly, the Handbook aims to introduce a new generation of students to rhetorical study and provide a deeply informed and ready resource for scholars currently working in the field.
Political Communication and Deliberation
Gastil, J. (2008). Political communication and deliberation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Political Communication and Deliberation takes a unique approach to the field of political communication by viewing key concepts and research through the lens of deliberative democratic theory. This is the first text to argue that communication is central to democratic self-governance primarily because of its potential to facilitate public deliberation. Thus, it offers political communication instructors a new perspective on familiar topics, and it provides those teaching courses on political deliberation with their first central textbook. This text offers students practical theory and experience, teaching them skills and giving them a more direct understanding of the various subtopics in public communication.
A Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy
A Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy. With Jeremy Cohen. New Directions for Teaching and Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006.
This volume of New Directions for Teaching and Learning offers insights into how and why public scholarship has grown and is beginning to sustain itself at Penn State University and beyond. The research and writing contained here was generated by faculty and graduate students active in Penn State's Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy.
The deliberative democracy handbook: Strategies for effective civic engagement in the twenty-first century
Gastil, J., & Levine, P. (Eds.) (2005). The deliberative democracy handbook: Strategies for effective civic engagement in the twenty-first century. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
The Deliberative Democracy Handbook is a terrific resource for democratic practitioners and theorists alike. It combines rich case material from many cities and types of institutional settings with careful reflection on core principles. It generates hope for a renewed democracy, tempered with critical scholarship and political realism. Most important, this handbook opens a spacious window on the innovativeness of citizens in the U.S. (and around the world) and shows how the varied practices of deliberative democracy are part of a larger civic renewal movement.
Pecchioni L., Wright, K. & Nussbaum, J. F. (2005). Lifespan communication. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
This innovative text emphasizes how communicative processes develop, are maintained, and change throughout the life span. Topics covered include language skills, interpersonal conflict management, socialization, care-giving, and relationship development. Core chapters examine specific communication processes from infancy through childhood and adolescence into middle age and later life.
The handbook of communication and aging research
Nussbaum, J.F. & Coupland, J. (Eds.) (2004). The handbook of communication and aging research. 2nd Edition. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
This second edition of the Handbook of Communication and Aging Research captures the ever-changing and expanding domain of aging research. Since it was first recognized that there is more to social aging than demography, gerontology has needed a communication perspective. Like the first edition, this handbook sets out to demonstrate that aging is not only an individual process but an interactive one. The study of communication can lead to an understanding of what it means to grow old. We may age physiologically and chronologically, but our social aging--how we behave as social actors toward others, and even how we align ourselves with or come to understand the signs of difference or change as we age--are phenomena achieved primarily through communication experiences.
Being Made Strange: Rhetoric beyond Representation
Bradford Vivian. Being Made Strange: Rhetoric beyond Representation. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004.
By elaborating upon pivotal twentieth-century studies in language, representation, and subjectivity, Being Made Strange reorients the study of rhetoric according to the discursive formation of subjectivity. The author develops a theory of how rhetorical practices establish social, political, and ethical relations between self and other, individual and collectivity, good and evil, and past and present. He produces a novel methodology that analyzes not only what an individual says, but also the social, political, and ethical conditions that enable him or her to do so. This book also offers valuable ethical and political insights for the study of subjectivity in philosophy, cultural studies, and critical theory.
Thomas Jefferson’s Call to Nationhood: The First Inaugural Address
(2003). Thomas Jefferson’s Call to Nationhood: The First Inaugural Address (College Station: Texas A&M University Press).(Rev.: Journal of American History; American Historical Review; Journal of the Early Republic; Virginia Magazine of History and Biography; Quarterly Journal of Speech; Journal of Southern History).
Widely celebrated in its own time, Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural address commands the regard of Americans from across the political spectrum. Delivered as the young nation found itself embroiled in bitter partisan struggles, the speech has been hailed as the Sermon on the Mount of good government.
Reconstruction's Desegregation Debate: The Politics of Equality and the Rhetoric of Place, 1870-1875.
Reconstruction's Desegregation Debate: The Politics of Equality and the Rhetoric of Place, 1870-1875. East Lansing: Michigan State Press, 2002. 276 pgs., incl. bib. and index.
In the decade that followed the Civil War, two questions dominated political debate: To what degree were African Americans now “equal” to white Americans, and how should this equality be implemented in law? Although Republicans entertained multiple, even contradictory, answers to these questions, the party committed itself to several civil rights initiatives. When Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment, the 1866 Civil Rights Act, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Fifteenth Amendment, it justified these decisions with a broad egalitarian rhetoric. This rhetoric altered congressional culture, instituting new norms that made equality not merely an ideal, but rather a pragmatic aim for political judgments.
The Persuasion Handbook: Developments in Theory and Practice
Dillard, J. P., & Pfau, M. (2002). The Persuasion Handbook: Developments in Theory & Practice. Sage.
The Persuasion Handbook provides readers with cogent, comprehensive summaries of research in a wide range of areas related to persuasion. From a topical standpoint, this handbook takes an interdisciplinary approach, covering issues of interest to interpersonal and mass communication researchers as well as psychologists and public health practitioners. Persuasion is presented in this volume on a micro to macro continuum, moving from chapters on cognitive processes, the individual, and theories of persuasion to chapters highlighting broader social factors and phenomena related to persuasion, such as social context and larger scale persuasive campaigns. Each chapter identifies key challenges to the area and lays out research strategies for addressing those challenges.
Intergenerational Communication Across the Life Span
Williams, A., & Nussbaum, J. 2000. Intergenerational Communication Across the Life Span. New York: Routeledge.
Individuals of all ages interact with one another, and their interactions have significance throughout their lives. This distinctive volume acknowledges the importance of these interactions and provides a life-span developmental view of communication and aging, attempting to capture the many similarities and changes that occur in people's lives as they age. The authors move the study of intergenerational contact closer to the actual participants, examining what happens within intergenerational interactions and how people evaluate their intergenerational experiences. The volume concentrates on the micro-context of the intergenerational interaction and the cognitions, language, and relationship behaviors related to intergenerational communication across the life span. The volume employs the perspective that the understanding of human behavior across the life span is enhanced by studying communicative behavior in intergenerational interaction. The authors integrate research from multiple disciplines concerned with intergenerational communication, which is framed by several unique theoretical perspectives drawn from the communication discipline. As a resource for the study of intergenerational communication across the life span, this monograph offers important insights to scholars, students, and all who are involved in intergenerational communication.
By popular demand: Revitalizing representative democracy through deliberative elections
Gastil, J. (2000). By popular demand: Revitalizing representative democracy through deliberative elections. Berkeley, CA: University of California.
John Gastil challenges conventional assumptions about public opinion, elections, and political expression in this persuasive treatise on how to revitalize the system of representative democracy in the United States.