Together: Communicating Interpersonally: A Social Construction Approach

Paperback | November 12, 2004

byJohn Stewart, Karen E. Zediker, Saskia Witteborn

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The Sixth Edition of Together: Communicating Interpersonally brings lead author John Stewart together with award-winning colleagues Karen Zediker and Saskia Witteborn to continue the book's traditional emphasis on contact while adding two additional emphases: ethics and culture. Previouseditions emphasized culture as part of an individual's world of meaning and featured an underlying ethical standpoint. The new edition integrates culture and ethics into every aspect of interpersonal communication. Written in student-friendly, conversational language, Together incorporates and applies social construction approaches to interpersonal communication. The text addresses virtually all topics common to basic interpersonal courses and its conceptually unified approach makes the material coherent andeasy to grasp. Together lays out a simple but powerful model of interpersonal communication that focuses on communication as collaborative meaning-making. The Sixth Edition features significant improvements, starting with a change in the basic form of the book from a traditional text to a text with readings. A brief "In Other Words" reading has been added to each of the book's twelve chapters, offering alternative voices to the particular chapter'skey ideas. Most chapters have been substantially revised, and a new chapter on relationships in cyberspace has been added. Another feature is the way in which Stewart, Zediker, and Witteborn acknowledge their own collaborative process and pique students' interest in the material. Throughout the book, the authors offer personal insights and examples as models for students. Furthermore, real-world questions and commentsfrom former students are incorporated into each chapter to provide additional voices and to respond to the questions raised most often by students. Each chapter closes with an "Applying What You Know" section that encourages students to further integrate the material in relevant ways.

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The Sixth Edition of Together: Communicating Interpersonally brings lead author John Stewart together with award-winning colleagues Karen Zediker and Saskia Witteborn to continue the book's traditional emphasis on contact while adding two additional emphases: ethics and culture. Previouseditions emphasized culture as part of an individ...

John Stewart is at University of Dubuque. Karen E. Zediker is at the University of Puget Sound. Saskia Witteborn is at the University of Washington.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:414 pages, 6.89 × 9.88 × 0.79 inPublished:November 12, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019533020X

ISBN - 13:9780195330205

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Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding CommunicationChapter 1: An Introduction to the Authors and the TextChapter 2: Communication and MeaningChapter 3: Interpersonal CommunicatingChapter 4: Constructing IdentitiesPart II: Inhaling and ExhalingChapter 5: Inhaling: PerceptionChapter 6: Inhaling: ListeningChapter 7: Exhaling: Verbal Dimensions of TalkChapter 8: Exhaling: Nonverbal Dimensions of TalkPart III: Relating TogetherChapter 9: Relationship, Development, and DissolutionChapter 10: Relating Interpersonally Through ProblemsChapter 11: Relating Interpersonally in ConflictChapter 12: Relating Interpersonally in Cyberspace

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"Consistent with the social constructionist perspective, this book celebrates 'multivocality.' Stewart et al. incorporate student voices, alternative voices, cultural insights, and ethical lenses--giving students the exposure to multiple voices and the opportunity to wrestle with thesealternative voices, as compared to their own. This reinforces the metaphor of tensionality that the authors offer throughout the text and invites the students into a more complex relationship with the concepts and ideas presented."--Kimberly Pearce, De Anza College