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Tasting Coffee

Draws upon the situated work of professional coffee tasters in over a dozen countries to shed light on the methods we use to convert subjective experience into objective knowledge.

Welding Technical Communication

Explores the teaching and learning of welding through two narratives: the personal narrative, relating the author's experience as a woman learning how to weld, and the academic narrative examining how instructional communication informs students' embodied knowledge and enculturation into a community of practice.

Garbage in Popular Culture

Explores the cultural politics of garbage in contemporary global society.

Screen Love

Engaging analysis of men-seeking-men media as paradoxical sites of both self-marketing and radical queer sociality.

Servant-Leadership and Forgiveness

A compelling gathering of perspectives on the intersection of servant-leadership and forgiveness.

Women's Activism and New Media in the Arab World

Critically evaluates the rapid changes that have happened in women’s lives in the contemporary Middle East due to globalization and the increasing popularity of modern technology and social media use.

One America?

Reveals how presidents deploy a rhetoric that attempts to attract many racial and ethnic groups, but ultimately directs itself to an archtypal white, Middle-American swing voter.

From News to Talk

Explores how journalists think and talk about changes in the news environment, with a focus on the increase in opinion and commentary.

I'll Be Home

Editorials, op-eds, and other writings by a memorable newspaperman.

The Art of Gratitude

Explores how the emotional experience of gratitude has been enlisted in neoliberal governance through the language of debt.

Tongue of Fire

Examines the influence of the notorious American anarchist “Red Emma” on the shifting social geography of sex and gender at the turn of the twentieth century.

Peaceful Persuasion

Offers a conceptual foundation for nonviolent rhetoric.

Lessons Learned from Popular Culture

Informative and entertaining introduction to the study of popular culture.

Selling War, Selling Hope

Details how presidents utilize mass media to justify foreign policy objectives in the aftermath of 9/11.

Green Voices

Essays addressing relatively unknown or unexamined speeches delivered by famous or influential environmental figures.

Bikini-Ready Moms

Argues that expectations for mothering include a new core principle of "body work. "

A Rhetoric of Remnants

Examines the rhetoric in and around the New York State Asylum for Idiots in Syracuse, New York from 1854 to 1884.

Conversations on Servant-Leadership

Some of the world’s foremost thought leaders consider the role of leadership, love, and power in the midst of political and social upheaval.

Accounts, Excuses, and Apologies, Second Edition

Updated with a timely literature review and new case studies from sports, international politics, and third party image repair.

The Everyday Atlantic

Rethinks the concepts of nation, imperialism, and globalization by examining the everyday writing of the newspaper chronicle and blog in Spain and Latin America.

Endtimes?

A groundbreaking study of ten difficult years in the life of America's most important newspaper.

Struggles for Equal Voice

Reveals how African Americans used cable television as a means of empowerment.

Standing in the Intersection

Unpacks the myriad ways rhetorical and communication theories and feminist intersectional approaches impact one another.

Communication and Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making

Looks at the critical role of community members and other interested parties in environmental policy decision making.

Active Voices

Explores the relationship between social movements and rhetorical theory and practice.

Family Violence

Contributors engage the communication issues associated with violence in families, including interspousal violence and violent parents and children.

The Passionate Empiricist

Explores John Quincy Adams’s oratorical work in support of government-funded science.

Composition and Copyright

Edited by Steve Westbrook
Introduction by Steve Westbrook
Subjects: Language Arts

Essential copyright resource for teachers and writers, particularly those involved in electronic or new media.

Non-discursive Rhetoric

Examines the role of image and affect in teaching with new digital technologies and multimedia composition.

Coming Home

Examines the social and cultural integration of Russian-speaking Jews and Germans who immigrated to their respective historic homelands.

When Play Was Play

A celebration of childhood pick-up games.

How the Gene Got Its Groove

Traces the rhetorical work of the gene in scientific and nonscientific discourse throughout the twentieth century.

Portable Communities

By Mary Chayko
Subjects: Sociology

Looks at the social implications of having constant access to others through cell phones, wireless computers, and other electronic devices.

Taking South Park Seriously

Collection of scholarly essays on the wildly popular Comedy Central show.

Alterity and Narrative

Intertwines identity and culture to demonstrate how identity is negotiated over a given history.

Negotiating Democracy

Explores the relationship between media and democracy against the broader background of globalization.

A Diary of Gastric Bypass Surgery

The story of one African American woman’s decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery.

Queer Youth Cultures

Essays explore the contemporary contexts, activism, and cultural productions of queer youth and their communities.

Give and Go

A pickup basketball player looks at the pickup game as a distinctive culture using both personal experience and cultural studies theory.

Edible Ideologies

Contributors explore the relationship between food and the production of ideology.

Participation and Power

Takes a firsthand look at a case of public participation in environmental policy.

Taking on the Pledge of Allegiance

By Ronald Bishop
Foreword by Nadine Strossen
Subjects: Communication

Explores atheist Michael Newdow’s constitutional challenge and how the news media marginalized him from the moment the Ninth Circuit handed down its controversial ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional.

Plagiarism

By Bill Marsh
Subjects: Communication

An in-depth look at the history of plagiarism in light of today’s Web-based plagiarism detection services.

In the Public Domain

Explores how recent presidents have managed communications with the American public.

Apprehending Politics

Using penetrating, in-depth interviews, examines the individual political development of young adults in post-1960s America, and the roles that news media play in that development.

From Ballroom to DanceSport

An insider explores the transformation of ballroom dance into an Olympic sport.

The Dao of Rhetoric

Examines the ways Daoist (Taoist) thought may contribute to an understanding of human communication.

Speaking the Lower Frequencies

Shows how using texts from popular culture in the classroom can help young people to become critical consumers of media without losing the pleasure they derive from it.

The Impact of the Internet on Our Moral Lives

Edited by Robert J. Cavalier
Subjects: Communication

Leading theorists explore how the Internet impacts privacy issues, sensitivity to wrongdoing, and cultural and personal identity.

The Rebirth of Dialogue

Offers a fundamental rethinking of the rhetorical tradition as dialogue.

Being Made Strange

Offers a revised understanding of human subjectivity that avoids the extremes of both traditional humanism and cultural relativism.“Acknowledging the importance of the ‘middle voice’ of rhetoric is a worthwhile endeavor. For this, Vivian’s goals are to be applauded.” — Rhetoric and Public Affairs

Experiences between Philosophy and Communication

Leading scholars address the work of American philosopher Calvin O. Schrag.

Writing Power

Adds to our understanding of the powerful nature of texts and writing.

The Idea of Identification

Drawing on examples from contemporary life, Woodward explores rhetorical conditions that create powerful moments of identification.

Boundaries of Privacy

Explores new ways to think about privacy and disclosure.

Moments of Meeting

Tells the story of the relationship between two of the last century's foremost scholars of dialogue, philosopher Martin Buber and psychotherapist Carl Rogers.

The Norms of Answerability

By Greg M. Nielsen
Foreword by Caryl Emerson
Subjects: Communication

Explores the relevance of Bakhtin's thought to social theory.

Rhetoric and Kairos

The first comprehensive discussion of the history, theory, and practice of kairos: that is of the role “timeliness” or “right-timing” plays in human deliberation, speech, and action.

Beyond Friendship and Eros

Explores deep intimate personal relationships between men and women.

Culture, Technology, Communication

Provides cross-cultural perspectives on computer-mediated communication.

If Life Is a Game, How Come I'm Not Having Fun?

Advocates applying a spirit of play to everyday life.

Selfhood and Authenticity

By Corey Anton
Subjects: Communication

Explores the notion of selfhood in the wake of the post-structuralist debates.

Primal Scenes of Communication

Proposes a new theory of communication called "comparative media theory. "

Spurious Coin

Offers a narrative history of technical writing as a cultural practice and the system of scientific knowledge it controls.

Acts of Arguing

Approaches recent innovations in argumentation theory from a primarily rhetorical perspective.

Dialogic Civility in a Cynical Age

Offers insight and practical guidance for people interested in improving their interpersonal relationships in an age of rampant cynicism.

Order Without Rules

Questions whether the logic of language underlying Habermas's theory of communicative action is in fact the defining feature of conversational practice.

User-Centered Technology

Presents a theoretical model for examining technology through a user perspective.

The Last Conceptual Revolution

A critique of Rorty's own provocative political philosophy, as well as an in-depth look at both the issues concerning the relationship between the public and the private, and arguments on the role of reason in liberal political discourse generally.

Organizing Silence

A thought-provoking look at how silence is embedded in our language, society, and institutions. Sexual harassment is explored as an example.

The Mate Relationship

Provides research applications of a rules theory of mate relationships to several American cultures and two non-American cultures.

Emerging Theories of Human Communication

Summarizes the important and promising emerging theories of human communication.

The Martin Buber - Carl Rogers Dialogue

A corrected and extensively annotated version of the sole meeting between two of the most important figures in twentieth-century intellectual life.

Transgressing Discourses

The basic theme of this volume is excellent. Readers are treated to fascinating explorations of communication at the boundaries between discourses and selves. The essays address important theoretical ...

Bookend

Enacts and evokes the changes and creative possibilities emerging from contemporary literary technologies (electronic media).

Continuously Improving an Organization's Performance

This practical guide for managers demonstrates when, where, and how to implement significant organizational change through teamwork.

Appeal to Pity

A useful contribution to theories of argumentation and public address criticism, this book uses a pragmatic approach to understanding conversation as a way of elucidating the use of appeals to pity and sympathy.

Rhetorical Hermeneutics

Examines the nature of rhetorical theory and criticism, the rhetoric of science, and the impact of poststructuralism and postmodernism on contemporary accounts of rhetoric.

Conflict Resolution

Reviews classic and contemporary theories of conflict, focusing on five main ways people try to resolve their conflicts--coercion, negotiation, adjudication, mediation, and arbitration.

Self and Deception

Distinguished scholars discuss the problem of self-deception, or rather, self and deception.

Situating Selves

Provides a communication theory of identity. Shows how listening to communication in cultural scenes can help reveal how deeply identity is situated in various communicative practices.

Watershed Research Traditions in Human Communication Theory

Focuses on and presents watershed research traditions in human communication (interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication).

Political Rhetoric, Power, and Renaissance Women

This book deals with women in political power during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, Catherine de Medici, Mary II) and about the gender-based stereotypes that were produced rhetorically about them.

Warranting Assent

This book is a book about how individuals decide that arguments (or excuses) are valid or invalid, sound or unsound, strong or weak, ethical or unethical, with many examples and applications.

Language as Articulate Contact

This book critiques semiotic accounts of the nature of language and sets forth a dialogic alternative.

Recovering Pragmatism's Voice

This book focuses on what pragmatism tells us about the nature and function of communication. Its goals are to recover a singular voice of pragmatism, and to identify and develop alternative methods and ...

High-Speed Management and Organizational Communication in the 1990s

High-Speed Management and Organizational Communication in the 1990s provides a unique, systematic, and practical treatment of the role communication plays in the new organizations. It treats organizational ...

Interpersonal Communication in Friend and Mate Relationships

A concentration on communication processes is essential to sorting out fundamental problems in interpersonal relationships. This book provides a general theory of the role of communication in interpersonal ...

Plausible Argument in Everyday Conversation

This book provides a practical and accessible way of evaluating good and bad arguments used in everyday conversations by applying normative models of dialectical (interactive) argumentation, where two ...

A New Beginning

This book is a postmodern analysis of Ronald Reagan's 1984 film, A New Beginning, which marked the coming-of-age of the televisual political campaign film. The film was a landmark in the art of political ...

Rhetoric and Civility

This book relates the concept of civility to rhetorical disposition, and incivility to indisposition. The author discusses classical rhetorical theory and interprets it for use in all interactions, exploring ...

Human Communication as a Field of Study

The authors analyze and discuss the field of communication from a multidimensional point of view. Divided into three parts, the first traces its history from scientific, humanistic, and technological ...

Letting Go

While many books in the popular press deal with relationships, Letting Go is among the first to draw upon scholarly research to offer a theoretical perspective with practical implications. Cahn examines ...

Cognitive Foundations of Calculated Speech

In Cognitive Foundations of Calculated Speech, Robert E. Sanders shows that whether one communicates to get a response or to make one, the cognitive problem is the same—to calculate whether intended ...

Communication in Interpersonal Relationships

This book discusses communication principles, processes, and skills from four different perspectives by explaining four related propositions. First, human communication is guided by socially established ...

Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker

Fifty years ago, Dorothy Day sold the first issue of the Catholic Worker in New York, and one of the most remarkable newspapers in American history was born. It advocated something revolutionary for 1933 ...