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The Basics of Communication

The Basics of Communication
A Relational Perspective

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January 2022 | 468 pages | SAGE Texts
An introductory book on the theory of communication and its application in everyday and professional life.

Written in a warm and vibrant style and packed with learning tools, The Basics of Communication offers an engaging look at the inseparable connection between relationships and communication. Steve Duck and David T. McMahan combine theory and application to introduce students to fundamental communication concepts. The book also provides practical instructions on communicating interpersonally, in groups, in interviews, and on making effective presentations. The authors encourage students to think critically, to link communication theory to their own experiences, and to improve their communication skills in the process.

Key Features:

• Comprehensive coverage of media and relational technology explores the use of mobile devices and social media in daily communication 

• Accessible and engaging language that grabs the attention of students and encourages active participation

• Features and exercises that stimulate students to think critically about the role of communication in their own lives

• Practical examples that present real-life implications of communication theories
An Overview of Communication
Verbal Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Identities and Perceptions
Talk and Interpersonal Relationships
Groups and Leaders
Culture and Communication
Technology in Everyday Life
Relational Uses and Understanding of Media
Preparing for a Public Presentation
Developing a Public Presentation
Relating Through Informative Speeches and Persuasive Speeches
Delivering a Public Presentation
Photo Credits
Author Index
Subject Index


Steve Duck

Steve Duck taught in the United Kingdom before taking up the Daniel and Amy Starch Distinguished Research Chair in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa. He has been a professor of communication studies, an adjunct professor of psychology, and a former Dean’s Administrative Fellow and is now Chair of the Rhetoric Department. He has taught interpersonal communication courses, mostly on relationships but also on nonverbal communication, communication in everyday life, construction of identity, communication theory, organizational leadership, and procedures and practices for leaders. More recently, he has taught... More About Author

David Travis McMahan

David T. McMahan received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2001.  With research focusing on the social aspects of media and technology, personal relationships, and rhetorical criticism, he is the author of multiple books, and his research and scholarship have been published in numerous academic journals and edited volumes.  He was named a Centennial Scholar by the Eastern Communication Association.  David has taught courses that span the discipline of communication, including numerous courses in interpersonal communication and personal relationships, media and technology, communication education, theory, and... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789354791048