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Survey of Communication Theory[edit]

Wikiversity:School_of_Communication Introduction_to_Communication_Theory w:Communication_basic_topics

Communication_Theory and Introduction to Communication Theory authored by Halavais
w:en:Soft Science and w:en:Science studies
Introduction to Sociology and Sociological_Theory

Halavais remarks that Communication researchers articulate "the ways in which individuals and groups use the technologies of communication--and in some cases are used by them... and in particular the place of persuasion". Those loathe to admit the latter will take up residence in the former.

Managing Information[edit]

  1. w:en:Cognitive dissonance of Festinger (1956)
  2. w:en:Social judgment theory of Hovland and Sherif & Sherif (1961)
  3. Inoculation Theory of McGuire (1961)
  4. Communication competence of Spitzberg and Cupach 1984
  5. w:en:Elaboration Likelihood Model of Petty and Cacioppio (1986)
  6. Anxiety Uncertainty Management Theory of Gudykunst (1985)
  7. Relational Dialectics of Baxter and Montogomery (1988)
  8. Problematic Integration Theory of Babrow (1992)

Redefining Knowledge and Reality[edit]

  1. w:en:Pragmatism, w:en:Instrumentalism of Peirce, James and Dewey
  2. w:en:Economic subjectivism advocated by Hayek of the w:en:Austrian School
  3. Symbolic interactionism of Mead and Blumer (1937)
  4. w:en:Radical Constructivism of von Glasersfeld (1979) and Watzlawick and Palo Alto - Interactional View (1981)
  5. w:en:Evolutionary epistemology of Popper
  6. w:en:Social exchange theory of Thibaut and Kelley (1959)
  7. Social Penetration Theory of Altman and Taylor (1973)
  8. Applications in Game Theory of von Neumann and Morgenstern (1944), Nash (1950)
  9. Systems theory of Bertalanffy (1950)

Invention, Interpretation and Negotiation[edit]

  1. Adaptive structuration theory of Giddens (1984), DeSanctis and Poole (1992)
Adaptive structuration theory at TCW
  1. Face negotiation theory of Ting-Toomey (1985)
Japanese Negotiating Practices: Low-Context Communication in a High-Context Culture McDaniel (2001)
Face Saving at Conflict Research Consortium
  1. w:en:Dramatism of Burke (1968) and w:en:Narrative paradigm of Fisher (1985)
  2. Expectancy violation theory of Burgoon (1978)
  3. Agenda Setting Theory of McCombs and Shaw (1972)
  4. Speech codes theory
  5. Semiotics
  6. Hermeneutics


  1. Education and Propaganda
  2. Argument, Persuasion, Rhetoric, Theatre
  3. Ethnography, Cultural studies
  4. Negotiation and Communication in Conflict


Interdisciplinary Entanglements[edit]

There is a b[ou]rrowing pattern: "Economic subjectivism", "Interpretive sociology", "Social psychology", "Sociolinguistics".
The discipline of the Cognitive sciences gives greater credence to the individual and detailed study of biology.
The present field of Communications betrays four factions: Rhetorical Theory, Social theory, Theater and Journalism.
Theater Arts and Journalism are often distinguished schools.
The difficult relationship of classical Rhetoric and Sociological interpretation constitute a significant fissure within the Communication discipline.
The elements of linguistics, philosophy and computer science are prevalent in the Cognitive sciences. Convergence with the field will reinforce the Rhetorical (read: persuasive) nature of Communications. The terminology of rhetoric and the intertextual discourse of rhetorical scholars, quantitative analysts and interpretive researchers has and will continue to increase within the field.

Intradisciplinary Focus[edit]

rhetorical, semiotic, phenomenological, cybernetic, sociopsychological, and sociocultural traditions

w:en:Mass Communication
w:en:Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
w:en:Organizational communication: [Organizational culture]


"A first look at Communication Theory by Em Griffin (5th ed.)
"Communication Theories: Perspectives, Processes and Contexts by Katherine Miller (2nd ed.)

Other Resources[edit]

  • Academic Journals

See Also: American Rhetoric Communication Journals

  • General
Western Journal of Communication
Southern Communication Journal

My userpage Notes[edit]


  • Media and Culture
Journal of Popular Culture



  • (ELM) Elaboration likelihood model
  • (CDT) Cognitive dissonance theory
  • (ONEX) Ontology, Epistemology, Axiology
  • (SPT) Social penetration theory
  • (SI) Symbolic Interacitonism
  • (RP) Rhetorical proof (ethos, pathos, logos, mythos)
  • (EVT) Expectancy violations theory
  • Films and Television
  • Interpretation
What Dreams May Come
Waking Life
Dark City
50 first dates
Naked Lunch
  • Interpersonal
Pay it Forward (SI, CDT, SPT)
Shrek (RP, SI, EVT)
The Breakfast Club (SPT, CDT)
The Talented Mr Riply (SPT, SI, EVT)
  • Intercultural communication
Dances with Wolves
At First Sight
  • Negotiation and Influence
Boiler Room
The Big Kahuna
Shindler's List
Hotel Rwanda
Twelve Angry Men
The West Wing
Fog of War
  • Organizational Communication
Pirates of Silicon Valley
Office Space
Roger and Me
The Insider
Erin Brokovich
  • Narrative/Dramatism
Forest Gump
Spy Game
Don Juan DeMarco
Life is Beautiful
  • Mass Media
Bob Roberts
Being There
The Truman Show
Wag the Dog
Quiz Show
Private Parts
Citizen Kane

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