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Offering insights from a Who's Who of scholars in interpersonal communication

“A highly beneficial contribution to the field with chapters that are clear and concise and illuminate the interesting and important aspects of interpersonal communication. With each chapter students are informed about the components of the theory and are also provided with examples that they can relate to, which really brings these theories to life.”

—René Dailey, University of Texas at Austin

“I love this book for its insight, organization, and inclusiveness. I like that the authors use specific examples and then apply their theory to the examples for illustration—this is how students begin to learn how to use and understand theories. What an accessible, thorough, and user-friendly book.”

—Maureen P. Keeley, Texas State University-San Marcos

Engaging Theories in Interpersonal ...

Introduction: Meta-Theory and Theory in Interpersonal Communication Research
Introduction: Meta-theory and theory in interpersonal communication research
Dawn O.Braithwaite and Leslie A.Baxter

Our goal for this book is to provide a resource for students and researchers who are interested in studying interpersonal communication. Some of us will be studying the topic as students or instructors who want to better understand interpersonal communication theory. Others may be undertaking studies of interpersonal communication as researchers and may be looking for theories to guide their research projects. Some people will be studying interpersonal communication to better understand their own relationships—for example, their friendships, dating, or close workplace relationships. In most textbooks or handbooks of interpersonal communication (e.g., Knapp & Daly, 2002; Wood, 2000), a reader would expect to find summaries of ...

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