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Encyclopedia of communication theory [electronic resource] /
Stephen W. Littlejohn, Karen A. Foss, editors.
imprint
Los Angeles, Calif. : Sage, c2009.
description
2 v. (lxviii, 1105 p.) ; 26 cm.
ISBN
9781412959377 (cloth)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Los Angeles, Calif. : Sage, c2009.
isbn
9781412959377 (cloth)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
v. 1. A - I -- v. 2. J - Y.
catalogue key
7905131
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-11-15:
Littlejohn and Foss, who previously coauthored Theories of Human Communication (Thomson/Wadsworth, 2008), now in its ninth edition, among many other publications on the topic of communications, are eminently qualified to edit this highly useful encyclopedia. They have assembled an international editorial board and a group of contributors to present a broad spectrum of theory related to the study of human communications. Access points include an alphabetical list of entries, a reader's guide in which the entries are grouped into 17 themes, an A-to-Z list of theorists, a selected bibliography of major works by topic, and a chronology of major themes and developments in communication theory that extends from classical Greece and Rome through the present day, in addition, of course, to an extensive index at the end of the second volume. The articles each range in length from 1000 to 3000 words and include references to other entries within the encyclopedia as well as further readings on the topic, covering everything from theories, theorists, orientations to theory, and methodology. Topics in the selected bibliography mirror topics covered in articles and expand upon the further readings suggested at the end of each article. BOTTOM LINE The authors of the articles have minimized the use of jargon and taken pains to make their writing accessible not only to fellow scholars but also to undergraduates, making this encyclopedia equally suitable for large public as well as all academic libraries.-Sarah Sutton, Texas A&M Univ., Corpus Christi (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2010-02-01:
Communication theory is multidisciplinary in scope. Psychology, sociology, and other social science disciplines have been instrumental in the development of this subject for many decades. This encyclopedia features approximately 300 entries resulting from the collaborations and contributions of over 200 individuals from over ten countries. In two volumes, the editors (both professors of journalism and communications) have provided an overview of the subject broad enough to allow users to appreciate the interconnectedness of the principles of communications in a general sense, and narrow enough to focus only upon communication theory. The entries are of essay length and include expository definitions, text, see also references, and suggestions for further reading. Feminism, philosophy, linguistics, and global media are some of the relevant subsets of communication theory that this work covers. In addition to alphabetical listings, users may access entries via an index of 17 topical categories. Lists of theorists and a chronology of major themes and developments affecting communication theory--from classical times to the present--are also very useful. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers interested in mass communications. A. Todman St. John's University (NY)
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"In two volumes, the editors have provided an overview of the subject broad enough to allow users to appreciate the interconnectedness of the principles of communications in a general sense, and narrow enough to focus only upon communication theory."
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Main Description
With more than 300 entries, these two volumes provide a one-stop source for a comprehensive overview of the communication theory field. The Encyclopedia of Communication Theory offers current descriptions of the theories that explain numerous aspects of communication and presents the background issues and concepts that comprise these theories. Focusing exclusively on communication theory, this is the first resource to summarize, in one place, the diversity of theory in the communication field.Key Themes Applications and Contexts Critical Orientations Cultural Orientations Cybernetic and Systems Orientations Feminist Orientations Group and Organizational Concepts Information, Media, and Communication Technology International and Global Concepts Interpersonal Concepts Non-Western Orientations Paradigms, Traditions, and Schools Philosophical Orientations Psycho-Cognitive Orientations Rhetorical Orientations Semiotic, Linguistic, and Discursive Orientations Social/Interactional Orientations Theory, Metatheory, Methodology, and Inquiry
Main Description
With more than 300 entries, these two volumes provide a one-stop source for a comprehensive overview of the communication theory field. The Encyclopedia of Communication Theory offers current descriptions of the theories that explain numerous aspects of communication and presents the background issues and concepts that comprise these theories. Focusing exclusively on communication theory, this is the first resource to summarize, in one place, the diversity of theory in the communication field. Key Themes Applications and Contexts Critical Orientations Cultural Orientations Cybernetic and Systems Orientations Feminist Orientations Group and Organizational Concepts Information, Media, and Communication Technology International and Global Concepts Interpersonal Concepts Non-Western Orientations Paradigms, Traditions, and Schools Philosophical Orientations Psycho-Cognitive Orientations Rhetorical Orientations Semiotic, Linguistic, and Discursive Orientations Social/Interactional Orientations Theory, Metatheory, Methodology, and Inquiry
Main Description
With more than 300 entries, these two volumes provide a one-stop source for a comprehensive overview of communication theory, offering current descriptions of theories as well as the background issues and concepts that comprise these theories. This is the first resource to summarize, in one place, the diversity of theory in the communication field. Key Themes Applications and Contexts Critical Orientations Cultural Orientations Cybernetic and Systems Orientations Feminist Orientations Group and Organizational Concepts Information, Media, and Communication Technology International and Global Concepts Interpersonal Concepts Non-Western Orientations Paradigms, Traditions, and Schools Philosophical Orientations Psycho-Cognitive Orientations Rhetorical Orientations Semiotic, Linguistic, and Discursive Orientations Social/Interactional Orientations Theory, Metatheory, Methodology, and Inquiry
Main Description
The Encyclopedia of Communication Theory provides students and researchers with a comprehensive two-volume overview of contemporary communication theory. Reference librarians report that students frequently approach them seeking a source that will provide them with a quick overview of a particular theory or theorist - just enough to help them grasp the general concept or theory and its relation to the discipline as a whole. Communication scholars and teachers also occasionally need a quick reference for theories. Edited by the co-authors of the best-selling textbook on communication theory and drawing on the expertise of an advisory board of 10 international scholars and nearly 200 contributors from 10 countries, this work finally provides such a resource.More than 300 entries address topics related not only to paradigms, traditions, and schools, but also metatheory, methodology, inquiry, and applications and contexts. Entries cover several orientations, including psycho-cognitive; social-interactional; cybernetic and systems; cultural; critical; feminist; philosophical; rhetorical; semiotic, linguistic, and discursive; and non-Western. Concepts relate to interpersonal communication, groups and organizations, and media and mass communication. In sum, this encyclopedia offers the student of communication a sense of the history, development, and current status of the discipline, with an emphasis on the theories that comprise it.
Main Description
The Encyclopedia of Communication Theory provides students and researchers with a comprehensive two-volume overview of contemporary communication theory. Reference librarians report that students frequently approach them seeking a source that will provide them with a quick overview of a particular theory or theorist - just enough to help them grasp the general concept or theory and its relation to the discipline as a whole. Communication scholars and teachers also occasionally need a quick reference for theories. And such sources are not readily available. Edited by the co-authors of the best-selling textbook on communication theory and drawing on the expertise of an advisory board of 10 international scholars and nearly 200 contributors from 10 countries, this work finally provides such a resource.More than 300 entries address topics related not only to paradigms, traditions, and schools, but also metatheory, methodology, inquiry, and applications and contexts. Entries cover several orientations, including psycho-cognitive; social-interactional; cybernetic and systems; cultural; critical; feminist; philosophical; rhetorical; semiotic, linguistic, and discursive; and non-Western. Concepts relate to interpersonal communication, groups and organizations, and media and mass communication. In sum, this encyclopedia offers the student of communication a sense of the history, development, and current status of the discipline, with an emphasis on the theories that comprise it.
Main Description
Available in both print and electronic formats, the Encyclopedia of Communication Theory provides students and researchers with a comprehensive two-volume overview of contemporary communication theory. Reference librarians report that students frequently approach them seeking a source that will provide them with a quick overview of a particular theory or theorist--just enough to help them grasp the general concept or theory and its relation to the discipline as a whole. Communication scholars and teachers also occasionally need a quick reference for theories. And such sources are not readily available. Edited by the co-authors of the best-selling textbook on communication theory and drawing on the expertise of an advisory board of 10 international scholars and nearly 200 contributors from 10 countries, this work finally provides such a resource. More than 300 entries address topics related not only to paradigms, traditions, and schools, but also metatheory, methodology, inquiry, and applications and contexts. Entries cover several orientations, including psycho-cognitive; social-interactional; cybernetic and systems; cultural; critical; feminist; philosophical; rhetorical; semiotic, linguistic, and discursive; and non-Western. Concepts relate to interpersonal communication, groups and organizations, and media and mass communication. In sum, this encyclopedia offers the student of communication a sense of the history, development, and current status of the discipline, with an emphasis on the theories that comprise it.
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This two-volume encyclopedia on communication theory contains more that 300 signed entries which will provide users with an authoritative and and thorough reference resource, both in terms of breadth and depth of coverage.

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