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Understanding Human Communication Paperback – Student Edition, February 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0195336122 ISBN-10: 0195336127 Edition: 10th
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"Understanding Human Communication provides students with the material they need to know to become competent communicators in the 21st century."--Patricia Carr Connell, Gadsden State Community College, Alabama


"I have used this book for several semesters with great success. Students like it, I like it, and it provides the most basic communication concepts without oversimplifying or trivializing the material."--B. Hannah Rockwell, Loyola University Chicago


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Ronald B. Adler is Professor of Communication at Santa Barbara City College. He is coauthor of Interplay: The Process of Interpersonal Communication, Tenth Edition (OUP, 2006), Looking Out, Looking In (2006), and Communicating at Work: Principles and Practices for Business and the Professions (2006).

George Rodman is Professor of Mass Communication at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, where he founded the television writing program. He is author of Mass Media in a Changing World, Second Edition (2007), and Making Sense of Media (2001).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 10 edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195336127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195336122
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Booky on June 11, 2012
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Really interesting book, explains things that we usually don't notice or even talk about normally. Especially helpful for interpersonal relationships but also for public speaking. There are many chapters which cover public speaking, which were quite useful for all my presentations!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marcus D. Mergener on June 9, 2011
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This is a textbook, so it won't be thrilling. But this book was terrible, I couldn't read it to save my life. I would get a couple pages down and then need a break. It's like the authors are trying to torture the readers
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Purchased back in 2010, I see there are now two newer editions than the 10th edition. I purchased this for a fundamentals of oral communication class in the speech department of a state university. It is a basic textbook for undergraduates, dealing with elements of communication, interpersonal communications, communication in groups, public communications, and the nature of interviewing.
On human communication it discusses the process of communication, how it is also symbolic, going into types of communication in some detail, it identifies functions and needs for communications.
The book goes on with discussions about the self, perception, as it is related to culture, perceiving others, etc. It discusses language, how it is symbolic and how meanings are found in people, not words. It discusses how language shapes and reflects attitudes. It brings up troublesome languages, gender and language, culture and language, and others.
But communication is also about listening. The book discusses misconceptions about listening, personal listening, listening styles, advice on informational listening, critical listening, and listening as social support.
There is much on nonverbal communication, its types, influences, functions, and characteristics.
It goes over such topics as why we form relationships, on intimacy, in interpersonal relationships, and there dimensions, models, along with guidelines for self-disclosure. There are discussions on communication climates in interpersonal relationships and managing interpersonal conflict.
There is much on communication in groups, definitions, goals, characteristics, rules, roles, patterns, along with cultural influences on group communication.
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I bought this book for classes. It was only a couple of dollars so it was quite worth it.
In its totality, the book had only superficial use, but absolutely no inside markings, which I most liked.
The book is a previous version from the most current one in market, but the content is practically the same. The only difference is pictures used and the order of chapters.
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I paid close to nothing for this book. It was last years version so the chapters were in different order from my classmates book but the readings and pictures are the same and it works great
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I was helping a coworker find her textbooks and the first place I look is Amazon.com and guess what? I found exactly what she needed and at a much better price than the school's book store!
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Ordered this textbook for my son. Price was great for a textbook that will only be used one term. Arrived when I was told it would and he was able to utilize the book for his coursework.
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By Karen Jacobs on May 31, 2013
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We were very happy to purchase this book at such a reduced rate compared to the campus bookstore. It helped save my grandson some much needed money for other school products.
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