For over 40 years, Theories of Human Communication has energized classroom learning. John Oetzel joined the team of Stephen Littlejohn and Karen Foss, adding his expertise in intercultural, health, and organizational communication.
The extensively updated Theories of Human Communication, 11th edition, (PDF) is organized around 2 mail themes: elements of the basic communication model (message, communicator, medium, and “beyond” human communication) and communication contexts (culture, group, relationship, health, social media, organization, and society). A new chapter discusses frameworks by which theories can be organized, revealing how they contribute to and are impacted by larger issues about the nature of inquiry. Other outstanding features:
The textbook Theories of Human Communication 11e presents a full complement of foundational theories for the communication discipline, plus the contemporary evolutions of those theories. Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage is based on a survey of the articles in communication journals over the last 5 years. New areas covered include social media, health, and communication between humans and nature/objects/technology/the divine.
Every chapter covers an average of 13 theories, half of which are new to this edition. “From the Source” boxes give college students a look at the theorists behind the theories their motivations, inspirations, and goals. Chapters are organized around the concepts and themes inherent to how that area has been studied.
Students in upper-division undergraduate and in graduate-level courses will benefit from this well-organized, absorbing treatment of communication theory.
“So far, this is my students’ favorite textbook for communication theory. We all like the organization and contents.” — Li Li, University of Wyoming
“This remains the single best textbook for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in communication theory. No other textbook brings such a vast, complex, and often intimidating field under such a clear and coherent meta-theoretical schema. It makes both learning and teaching communication theory eminently manageable and very rewarding. The latest eleventh edition, with updated content, demonstrates the staying power of the ebook’s core design.” — Jason Hannan, University of Winnipeg