Emerging Theories of Human Communication

Edited by Branislav Kovacic

Subjects: Communication
Series: SUNY series, Human Communication Processes
Paperback : 9780791434529, 220 pages, September 1997
Hardcover : 9780791434512, 220 pages, September 1997

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Branislav Kovacic

1. A View of Communication and Culture: Scenes in an Ethnic Cultural Center and a Private College

Donal Carbaugh, Timothy A. Gibson, and Trudy Milburn

2. A Relational Model of Communication Competence

John M. Wiemann, Jiro Takai, Hiroshi Ota, and Mary Wiemann

3. Conflict Communication: An Emerging Communication Theory of Interpersonal Conflict

Dudley D. Cahn

4. An Interactionist Framework for Peace

William A. Donohue

5. Media Agenda-Setting Theory: Telling the Public What to Think About

Jian-Hua Zhu and Deborah Blood

6. New Rhetoric and New Social Movements

Gerald A. Hauser and Susan Whalen

7. Managing Government Competitiveness: The Changing Role of Communications

Ron B. Cullen

8. A Pluralistic View of the Emerging Theories of Human Communication

Branislav Kovacic and Donald P. Cushman


About the Contributors


Summarizes the important and promising emerging theories of human communication.


This book summarizes the important and promising emerging theories of human communication that go beyond received traditions. It includes essays on emerging theories of communication and culture; relational communicative competence; conflict communication; communication and peace; agenda setting and the role of mass media in democratic political processes; new rhetoric and new social movements; and communication and management of public-sector competitiveness.

Contributors to this volume include Deborah Blood, Dudley D. Cahn, Donal Carbaugh, Ron B. Cullen, Donald P. Cushman, William A. Donohue, Timothy Gibson, Gerard A. Hauser, Trudy Milburn, Hiroshi Ota, Jiro Takai, Susan Whalen, John M. Wiemann, Mary O. Weimann, and Jian H. Zhu.

Branislav Kovacic is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Hartford. He is editor of New Approaches to Organizational Communication, and coeditor of Watershed Research Traditions in Human Communication Theory both published by SUNY Press.


"The idea of gathering together emerging theories, with an articulation of their core assumptions, propositions, and practical applications is a good one. There is a good variety of essays collected here. The theme--rather than topic--of emerging theories is quite important and this theme is one of the strongest features of the volume. " -- Gerry Philipsen, author of Speaking Culturally: Explorations in Social Communication