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What does it mean to argue that communication is organizing? Or ritual? Or failure? What is at stake in choosing one metaphor or stance over another? What is gained and what is lost - for the field, for the theories themselves, and especially for humans communicating in everyday contexts? In Communication as…: Perspectives on Theory, editors Gregory J. Shepherd, Jeffrey St. John, and Ted Striphas bring together a collection of 27 essays that explores the wide range of theorizing about communication, cutting across all lines of traditional division in the field.

The essays in this text are written by leading scholars in the field of communication theory, with each scholar employing a particular stance or perspective on what communication theory is and how it functions. In essays that are brief, argumentative, and forceful, the scholars propose their perspective as a primary or essential way of viewing communication with decided benefits over other views.

Key Features:

Compares and contrasts different metaphorical views on the theory and practice of communication, challenging students to develop their own argument about communication theory; Promotes an alternative way of examining communication problems - through the engaged interplay of a diversity of positions - encouraging readers to think through contemporary problems and questions in the field; Compels readers to confront competing theoretical positions and their consequences head-on rather than outlining theories in ways that might separate them from their real-world consequences

Communication as… is an excellent textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on communication theory in the fields of Communication, Journalism, Sociology, and Psychology.

Communication as Political Participation
Communication as political participation

As you read the words political participation, maybe you envision protesters or ralliers carrying signs and chanting, community-meeting members deliberating over coffee, poll workers signing in voters, or other decidedly “civic” behaviors. Perhaps, as well, you assign the phrase some kind of value, distinguishing it from terms like political apathy and disenfranchisement. Likely you think of political participation as some kind of potentially empowering democratic activity set within a particular sphere, which overlaps with “public” but diverges from “private.” In other words, you may view political participation as one kind of contextualized communication that sometimes you do and sometimes—that is, most of the time—you don't do. Certainly, this conception is useful because it allows us to embody civil ...

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