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Communication
A Critical/Cultural Introduction

Second Edition


January 2014 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This exciting text for the hybrid course introduces communication theory, interpersonal communication, and public communication and culture through the lens of contemporary critical theory. The book focuses on public advocacy as a more meaningful way to approach public speaking through coverage of topics and issues that students are most passionate about. By situating communication concepts and theories within contemporary and engaging cultural scenes, the book is much more than a survey of ideas—it demonstrates the power of communication in our everyday lives.

 
Preface
 
Part I: First Principles
 
1. Communication: A Cultural Introduction
 
2. Communication and Power: A Cultural History
 
3. Public Advocacy: Commitments and Responsibility
 
Part II: Communication Processes and Skills
 
4. Compassionate Critical Listening
 
5. Groups and Alliances in Culture
 
6. Identity and Perception
 
7. Language and Culture
 
Part III: Communication Contexts
 
8. Embodied Knowledge and Non-Verbal Communication
 
9. Language and Power in Our Cultural Lives
 
10. Interpersonal Relationships in Culture
 
11. Mediated Culture(s)
 
12. Communication as a Means of Social Action
 
Glossary
 
Index
 
About the Authors

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

Calling all instructors!

It’s easy to log on to SAGE’s password-protected Instructor Teaching Site at http://edge.sagepub.com/warren2e for complete and protected access to all text-specific Instructor Resources for Communication: A Critical/Cultural Introduction, Second Edition, by John T. Warren and Deanna L. Fassett. Simply provide your institutional information for verification and within 72 hours you’ll be able to use your login information for any SAGE title!

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank  is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • Lecture notes and chapter outlines summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • Sample syllabi—for semester and quarter classes—provide suggested models for instructors to use when creating the syllabi for their courses
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom activities and interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content.
  • Carefully selected, web-based video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics. When relevant, related questions for discussion are included.
  • Web exercises direct both instructors and students to useful and current web sites, along with creative activities to extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics. 
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
SAGE’s course cartridges provide you with flexible, editable content in formats that import easily into your learning management system. Course cartridges include ­­test banks, PowerPoint® slides, and links to multimedia assets ­­to help you build an engaging, comprehensive course. SAGE’s course cartridges are compatible with many popular learning management systems.
Student Study Site

Use the Student Study Site to get the most out of your course!
Our Student Study Site at http://edge.sagepub.com/warren2e is completely open-access and offers a wide range of additional features, including something no other publisher offers: SAGE Journal articles!

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • Carefully selected, video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.
  • Web exercises direct you to useful and current web resources, along with creative activities to extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics. 
  • Sample speech videos, speech outlines, and speech transcripts demonstrate concepts in action and provide a starting point for course assignments.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content.

A very good introduction, but less practical in its delivery and more philosophical. Very good for students who are studyng a purely management course, however as this is only one unit of a construction based course it would not be suitable for my students.

Miss Charlotte Goddard
Business and Science, Hull College
March 12, 2014
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Key features

Key Features:

  • A critical/cultural approach: The authors’ compelling approach will help you understand how communication occurs within the context of power and different cultural locations.
  • An engaging narrative style: The authors’ own stories and the narratives woven throughout each chapter help you see the relevance of the material.
  • A focus on public advocacy: By connecting your work to the process of being a critical, active citizen, the book demonstrates how civic engagement can improve our communities.
  • Contemporary examples: Theory and concepts are demonstrated through discussions of marriage equality, affirmative action, disability, and social media.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Two new chapters on listening and small group communication introduce students to additional key components of communication through a critical/cultural perspective.
  • New and updated examples throughout refresh the presentation of material for today’s students
  • New end-of-chapter questions and activities reinforce concepts and allow students to put their learning into practice.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 4


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