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Communication and Human Behavior (5th Edition)

Communication and Human Behavior (5th Edition)
Author: Brent D. Ruben - Lea P. Stewart
ISBN 13: 9780205417902
ISBN 10: 205417906
Edition: 5
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2005-05-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 408
List Price: $141.40

Communication and Human Behavior offers students a broad introduction to the study of communication which is expansive yet integrated, that links theory to practice, and that is rigorous yet readable. Neither a watered-down treatment of the subject nor a how-to text, this new edition presumes that the study of communication in human affairs is a complex phenomenon with important and far-reaching effects. Employing a thorough description of a variety of approaches and using the cohering insights of systems theory, Communication and Human Behavior presents to students the broad and colorful landscape of the field, outlines the history of communication study, and focuses on communication as a basic life process.


A comprehensive look at human communication as a fundamental life process from the level of individual to organizations and society. Fourteen chapters cover: definitions and theories, the development of communication study, basic function, message reception and interpretation, verbal and nonverbal codes, the media, relationships, groups, organizations, cultures and societies, and public and mass communication. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.