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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 ...

Narrative Theories: Making Sense of Interpersonal Communication
Narrative theories: Making sense of interpersonal communication
Jody KoenigKellas

Throughout the course of living everyday events, people tell stories about them. People build and communicate their relationships, cultures, and identities, in part, through the stories they tell. Thus, narratives and storytelling are consequential sites for theorizing interpersonal communication. Research on personal narratives has merited and received a great deal of attention over the past two decades within a variety of disciplines including communication, psychology, sociology, sociolinguistics, English, folklore, and anthropology. Despite the growing interest in narratives and the common reference to narrative theory in interpersonal and family communication research, however, there is no single narrative theory that guides communication research generally or interpersonal communication research specifically. In fact, few narrative ...

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