Communication Is...

Perspectives on Theory (First Edition)
Editors: Adam Tyma and Autumn Edwards
©2020, 312 pages

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    Featuring diverse chapters written by thirty principal scholars in the discipline, Communication Is…Perspectives on Theory is an innovative and evocative collection that examines what communication theory is and how it functions. Throughout the text, each scholar offers unique and insightful perspective, exposing readers to the myriad ways in which to analyze, understand, and think about communication.

    The book helps readers envision communication in alternative ways and better understand how various ideas and viewpoints within the discipline can work together to expand the overarching definition of communication. Nineteen different completions of “communication is” give voice to contemplative and exceptional constructions of what communication is and what it accomplishes. The chapters are organized around four broad methods of defining communication: locating, processing, appreciating, and actualizing. Holistically, the text invites readers to discuss, interrogate, and work through various ideas, interpretations, and definitions of communication.

    Designed to stimulate lively discussion, deep introspection, and critical thought, Communication Is… serves as an ideal textbook for senior and graduate-level courses in the discipline. It is also an excellent resource for communication scholars who are inspired to challenge, develop, or revisit their own definitions and understanding of communication.

    Chapters and contributors include:

    From There to Here—Serendipity - Adam Tyma, Autumn Edwards

    Section 1: Locating

    Chapter 1: Communication Is … Co-Cultural - Mark P. Orbe, Robert J. Razzante
    Chapter 2: Communication Is … (Often) Placed - James G. Cantrill
    Chapter 3: Communication Is … The Relationship - Jimmie Manning
    Chapter 4: Communication Is … Transhuman - Autumn Edwards, David Westerman, Chad Edwards, Patric R. Spence

    Section 2: Processing

    Chapter 5: Communication Is … The Key Element in Communication Privacy Management Theory - Sandra Petronio, Tiffany Hecklinski
    Chapter 6: Communication Is … Complex - Deanna D. Sellnow, Timothy L. Sellnow
    Chapter 7: Communication Is … Constitutive - Deanna L. Fassett, Benny LeMaster
    Chapter 8: Communication Is … Digital - Ahmet Atay
    Chapter 9: Communication Is … Media - Quaquilla Rhea Walker
    Chapter 10: Communication Is … Production - Anji L. Phillips, Tony E. Adams

    Section 3: Appreciating

    Chapter 11: Communication Is … Consequential - Christina S. Beck
    Chapter 12: Communication Is … A Gift - Stephanie L. Young
    Chapter 13: Communication Is … Poetic - Lynn M. Harter, William K. Rawlins
    Chapter 14: Communication Is … Privilege - Danielle M. Stern

    Section 4: Actualizing

    Chapter 15: Communication Is … Action - Art Herbig
    Chapter 16: Communication Is … Empowering - Amy Aldridge Sanford, Kristopher D. Copeland
    Chapter 17: Communication Is … Reification - Katherine J. Denker, Kendra Knight
    Chapter 18: Communication Is … Service - Adam W. Tyma
    Chapter 19: Communication Is … Voice - Mohan Dutta

    Adam Tyma (Ph.D., North Dakota State University) is an associate professor in the School of Communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is also the graduate program chair for the master’s program and the coordinator for the visual communication and culture minor.
    Autumn Edwards (Ph.D., Ohio University) is a professor in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. Her primary research interest is human-machine communication. She is co-director (along with C. Edwards and P. Spence) of the Communication and Social Robotics Labs and editor of Human-Machine Communication.
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    Autumn P. Edwards is the recipient of the 2022 Federation Prize from the Central States Communication Association. The Federation Prize promotes intellectual development and communication scholarship by awarding a cash prize to selected research proposals authored by a CSCA member. Learn more about the award on the CSCA Awards webpage.