Reflections on Interpersonal Communication Research

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Steven R. Wilson and Sandi W. Smith
©2019, 430 pages

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    In Reflections on Interpersonal Communication Research, interpersonal scholars share the stories of their research programs, providing readers with a captivating exploration of the latest developments in the field. Through this unique lens, readers learn how scholars are addressing real-world issues, as well as the complex role interpersonal communication plays in our world today.

    This innovative collection brings together cutting-edge research from a variety of scholars in the discipline, illustrating the expansive reach and infinite applications of this exciting field of study. Readers discover groundbreaking applications of interpersonal communication theories and concepts to family, health, intercultural, organizational, political, and mediated communication. Specific studies explore the effects of language brokering with immigrant children, the impact of verbal and nonverbal behavior on family identity, how cultural ideologies can shape reactions to long-distance relationships, how interpersonal theories are helping prepare Doctor of Pharmacy students for the communication work of patient care, and much more.

    Reflections on Interpersonal Communication Research is an intriguing and highly practical examination of the theory and research being developed in the discipline today. The book is ideal for graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses in interpersonal communication, relational communication, communication theory, and for scholars in the field.

    Steven R. Wilson is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida and a faculty affiliate with the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University. He earned his Ph.D. in communication from Purdue University. Dr. Wilson’s research focuses on processes of influence and identity management in family, health, and workplace contexts.
    Sandi W. Smith is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. in communication from the University of Southern California. Dr. Smith’s research focuses on persuasion, communication theory, and interpersonal communication in health and criminal justice contexts.
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    “This volume by Wilson and Smith pushes the boundaries of interpersonal communication—across paradigmatic, methodological, disciplinary, and geographic boundaries, using the novel and engaging approach of having senior and up-and-coming scholars tell the story of their research programs, including what sparked their interest, how the work has unfolded over time, and lessons learned. This dynamic approach to the field makes the book compelling and inspiring for a broad audience from students to seasoned scholars within and outside the discipline of communication. It makes a significant contribution by presenting cutting-edge advances in a range of interpersonal communication theories. The book is novel, substantial, and a gem for the field.”
    Dawn O. Braithwaite, Ph.D., Willa Cather Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Studies, University of Nebraska—Lincoln

    “Reflections on Interpersonal Communication Research is perhaps most remarkable for serving so many seemingly incongruent purposes exceedingly well. The chapters are accessible and appropriate for students or others needing an introduction to the area, yet even a senior scholar of interpersonal communication will learn a great deal. There is significant attention to the development of the area of study and particular research programs, but the book is extremely forward-looking and inspiring. It is a cliché’ to say that a book belongs on every scholar’s shelf, but I cannot say that about this volume: The study of interpersonal communication will be enriched the more people read the volume.”
    John P. Caughlin, Professor and Head, Department of Communication, University of Illinois

    "It's rare that interpersonal communication as an area of study has been gifted with a gem like Steve and Sandi's Reflections on Interpersonal Communication Research. Assembling a group of widely respected experts is no small task, and this volume thoughtfully brings together both a group rising stars as well as tested theoreticians to create a definitive statement on what has captured and likely will capture the attention of scholars of interpersonal communication in the next many years. However, it's one thing to document what scholars in an area find to be important, it's entirely another to assemble a collection of stories that bring theories to life. It's this kind of storytelling that will allow this volume to capture the imagination not only of active scholars in the field but also to inspire and motivate the generation of scholars to come."
    Brandon Van Der Heide, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication, Director of Doctoral Studies, Michigan State University