Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $8.64
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Understanding Interpersonal Communication: Making Choices in Changing Times, Enhanced Edition Paperback – January 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0495908753 ISBN-10: 0495908754 Edition: US edition
Try the eTextbook for free
$0.00
Rent
$13.50
Buy used
$40.93
Buy new
$159.16
Used & new from other sellers Delivery options vary per offer
88 used & new from $13.96
Rent from Amazon Price New from Used from
eTextbook
"Please retry"
$46.62
Paperback, January 1, 2010
"Please retry"
$13.50
$159.16
$28.95 $13.96
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$159.16 FREE Shipping. Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Understanding Interpersonal Communication: Making Choices in Changing Times, Enhanced Edition + Mathematical Ideas (12th Edition)
Price for both: $312.32

Buy the selected items together

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Editorial Reviews

Review

1. Introduction to Interpersonal Communication. 2. Communication, Perception, and the Self. 3. Communication, Identity, and Culture. 4. Communicating Verbally. 5. Communicating Nonverbally. 6. Effective Listening. 7. Communication and Emotion. 8. Sharing Personal Information. 9. Communicating Power and Conflict. 10. Communicating in Close Relationships. 11. Technology and Interpersonal Communication. Student Workbook.

About the Author

Rich West is Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College in Boston. At Emerson, he served as the Department Chair for several years, as the Acting Director of the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, and as the Project Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. He is past President of the Eastern Communication Association, where he received the Past Officer's Award and was recognized as a "Distinguished Research Fellow" in the Association. Rich is also the former Director of NCA's Educational Policies Board. Both Illinois State University (B.A./M.A.) and Ohio University (Ph.D.) have recognized him as an Outstanding Alum in Communication Studies. He has written extensively in the area of classroom communication and has been recognized as a "Leading Scholar" in Classroom Communication by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship (CIOS). Together, Rich and Lynn have co-authored 5 books in multiple editions. They are also co-editors of both the Handbook of Family Communication and The Family Communication Sourcebook, which won the National Communication Association's Outstanding Book Award from the Family Communication Division. In addition, Rich and Lynn are the recipients of the Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Service in Family Communication. They have also both served as President of the National Communication Association.

Lynn H. Turner is Professor in Communication Studies at Marquette University, and former chair of the department.. Lynn received her B.A from University of Illinois, her M.A. from University of Iowa and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. At Marquette she currently teaches interpersonal communication at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, among other courses. Additionally, she directs Marquette's interdisciplinary family studies minor. Her research areas of emphasis include interpersonal, gender, and family communication. She is the co-author or co-editor of over 10 books as well as many articles and book chapters. Her articles have appeared in several journals including: Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Women and Language, and Western Journal of Communication. Her books include: From the Margins to the Center: Contemporary Women and Political Communication (co-authored with Patricia Sullivan; Praeger, 1996; recipient of the 1997 Best Book Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender [OSCLG]), Gender in Applied Communication Contexts (co-edited with Patrice Buzzanell and Helen Sterk; Sage, 2004), She has been honored by the OSCLG as one of the outstanding women in communication.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $9.99 (Save 93%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; US edition edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495908754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495908753
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author




Richard West (Ph.D., Ohio University, 1991) is Professor of Communication Studies at Emerson College. He received his BA and MA in Communication at Illinois State University.

Rich is the co-author (with Lynn Turner) of several leading books in communication (Perspectives on Family Communication/4th ed; Interpersonal Communication/2nd ed; IPC/1st ed; Introducing Communication Theory/5th ed; Gender and Communication/3rd ed;) and served as co-editor of the Sage Sourcebook of Family Communication. He is the author/co-author of over 40 articles and essays and he has participated in over 100 NCA programs. Rich's work has appeared in Communication Quarterly, Communication Education, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, Communication Reports, Journal of Family Communication, among others. He has served as Guest Co-Editor of the Journal of Family Communication twice and has been a member of nearly 10 journal editorial boards in communication.

Rich's work intersects family, identity, and culture. Yet, he admits to being somewhat of a 'scholarly nomad,' exploring a number of different topics, including gay parenting, holiday stress, student questions in the classroom, job burnout, among other areas.

Rich is the recipient of several recognitions, including Outstanding Alumni in Communication awards from both Illinois State University and Ohio University. ISU has also recognized him as a "Distinguished Alum" in Forensics and as an "Outstanding Alum in Teacher Education." He has also been recognized as an ECA Research Fellow and was the recipient of ECA's Past President's Award. In 2012, the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship named him a "Leading Scholar in Communication Education."

He has served as President of the Eastern Communication (2008) and the National Communication Association (2011).

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan VINE VOICE on October 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
West and Turner's entry into the communication text market is one of the better options out there. The text is easy to read, even for students new to the concepts presented. The book gives plenty of examples to make sure the reader understands how the definitions fit into real-world situations, and the frequent use of topical graphics, charts and relevant comics ("Dilbert" and selections from "The New Yorker" among them) give the book a lighter tone, especially in jargon-heavy sections.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book to learn more about the effects of communication technology on interpersonal communication. Not only was this book informative, it contained anecdotes and was pleasant to read. I particularly enjoyed the story that begins on page 386 regarding ethics and choice. This story outlined a common place in internet communication where the parties involved (Bernadette and Michael) were not truthful and began to assume alternate, internet personas. They tied this in with the research they have stating "when people are online, they often pretend to be someone or something they are not. Online dialogues can lead to deceitful presentation."
The authors had a way of presenting an idea to provoke thought, as well. One quote, specifically, caused me to pause my research and consider these thoughts more personally. West and Turner said "With FtF [face to face] communication, this same introspection and dialogue is not as apparent. First, we often don't take the time to think about the words of another while they are being stated. Stopping to think about what another person was saying in the middle of a conversation would likely bring the conversation to a hault. We are not trained or conditioned to pause or stop conversations in this way. Instead, we typically mentally replay and analyze conversations once they are over. Most of our interspersonal encounters move rather freely from one point to another, with little reflection time." This statement, alone, was remarkably helpful in my research because it caused me to consider the benefit to communication through technology rather than just the negative effects.
I highly recomend this book to anyone interested in learning more about how and why humans communicate the way they do.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LadyLeo40 on March 1, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is very informative. I did purchase it for a class I am currently taking but I intend to refer back to it often.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kymbo3500 on September 14, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is one of my go to books in my Comm Courses. Well written, defined, concise, and helpful. A staple for me.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meagan on July 28, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Fast Shipping and item is exactly as described! Thank You, I saved a lot of money!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I got this eText so i wouldnt have to carry anymore heavy books to class. In the class i got it for, we use a lot of the quizzes and things in the book. But the KINDLE VERSION blocks them saying it has a copyright restriction. I would never have bought this had i known this!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By haybrooks on February 2, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is truly a terrible textbook. It oversimplifies many issues of interpersonal communication while focusing on smaller issues that are more cross-cultural than interpersonal. It looks like a 5th grade textbook and reads like one, too.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Bubba on March 9, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Awesome product....Comparable to the 179.99 Jawbone at a fraction of the cost
Very happy with this speaker...Highly recommend clear sound...Not a ton of bass but the price and clarity far away that
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Understanding Interpersonal Communication: Making Choices in Changing Times, Enhanced Edition
This item: Understanding Interpersonal Communication: Making Choices in Changing Times, Enhanced Edition
Price: $159.16
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com