THEORIES OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION is considered the seminal text in the field. Littlejohn and Foss present the range of communication theories currently available in the discipline, organizing them according to the scholarly traditions and contexts from which they emerge. Clear and accessible writing, charts that summarize the relationships among theories, and sections devoted to applications and implications help position theories within the discipline as a whole.
This textbook provides a survey of communication theories from the classic and the contemporary period. An introduction outlines the role of communication theory and recommends the means of evaluating it; the conclusion describes how such theory is crafted. In between, chapters address topics in communication theory and contextual themes. System theory, signs and language, discourse, message production, reception and processing, social and cultural reality, experience and interpretation, relationships, group decision-making, organizational networks, and media are all covered. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)