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Theories Covered Through the 7th Edition

The list below contains theories that are or have been covered in A First Look at Communication Theory.
Full = a chapter in the 7th edition is dedicated to this theory.
Brief = the theory is capsuled in the 7th edition, but not assigned a full chapter.
Archive = the theory was covered in a full chapter in previous editions. A pdf from the last edition in which it appeared is available.
When a theory name is clickable, it will go to the Theory Resources for that theory or open the archived chapter.

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You can also view the 7th Edtion Table of Contents to see supplementary material as well as theories

Theories Authors Coverage
Action Assembly Theory (PDF) John Greene Archive (Ed. 1)
Adaptive Structuration Theory Marshall Scott Poole Full (Ch. 18)
Agenda Setting Theory Maxwell McCombs & Donald Shaw Full (Ch. 28)
Anxiety-Uncertainty Management Theory (PDF) William Gudykunst Brief + Archive (Ed. 6)
Attribution Theory (PDF) Fritz Heider Brief + Archive (Ed. 2)
Black Feminist Thought Patricia Collins Brief
Categorical Imperative Immanuel Kant Brief
Classical Management Philosophy Weber, Taylor Brief
Cognitive Dissonance Leon Festinger Full (Ch. 16)
Communication Accommodation Theory Howard Giles Full (Ch. 30)
Communitarian Ethics Clifford Christians Brief
Communication Privacy Management Theory Sandra Petronio Brief
Compliance Gaining Strategies Marwell & others Brief
Constructivism Jesse Delia Full (Ch. 8)
Coordinated Management of Meaning W Barnett Pearce & Vernon Cronen Full (Ch. 6)
Critical Theory Karl Marx Brief
Critical Theory of Communication in Organizations Stanley Deetz Full (Ch. 20)
Cultivation Theory George Gerbner Full (Ch. 27)
Cultural Approach to Organizations Clifford Geertz & Michael Pacanowsky Full (Ch. 19)
Cultural Dimensions Hofstede Brief
Cultural Studies Stuart Hall Full (Ch. 26)
Cybernetics Wiener Brief
Dialogic Theory Martin Buber Brief
Dialogic Ethics Martin Buber Brief
Dialogics Bakhtin Brief
Different Voice (PDF) Carol Gilligan Brief + Archive (Ed. 1)
Discourse Ethics-Theory of Communicative Action Jürgen Habermas Brief
Discursive Formation Michel Foucault Brief
Dramatism Kenneth Burke Full (Ch. 22)
Elaboration Likelihood Model Richard Petty & John Cacippio Full (Ch. 15)
Existential Theory (PDF) Carl Rogers Brief + Archive (Ed. 1)
Expectancy Violations Theory Judee Burgoon Full (Ch. 7)
Face Negotiation Theory Stella Ting-Toomey Full (Ch. 31)
FIRO Theory (PDF) William Schutz Archive (Ed. 1)
Functional Perspective on Group Decision Making Randy Hirokawa & Dennis Gouran Full (Ch. 17)
Genderlect Styles Deborah Tannen Full (Ch. 33)
General Semantics (PDF) Alfred Korzybski Archive (Ed. 1)
Goals-Plans-Action Model James Dillard Brief
Golden Mean Aristotle Brief
Groupthink (PDF) Irving Janis Archive (Ed. 3)
Hierarchy of Needs (PDF) Abraham Maslow Archive (Ed. 2)
High- and Low-Context Cultures Edward Hall Brief
Information Theory (PDF) Claude Shannon & Warren Weaver Brief + Archive (Ed. 3)
Information Systems Approach to Organizations (PDF) Karl Weick Archive (Ed. 6)
Interaction Adaptation Theory Judee Burgoon Brief
The Interactional View Paul Watzlawick Full (Ch. 13)
Interaction Process Analysis Robert Bales Brief
Interactive Universalism Seyla Benhabib Brief
Interpersonal Deception Theory (PDF) David Buller & Judee Burgoon Archive (Ed. 6)
Interact System Model of Decision Emergence (PDF) B Aubrey Fisher Archive (Ed. 2)
Linguistic Relativity Edward Sapir & Benjamin Lee Whorf Brief
Magic Bullet-Hypodermic Needle- Powerful Effects Laswell and others Brief
Meaning of Meaning (PDF) I A Richards Brief + Archive (Ed. 3)
Media Ecology Marshall McLuhan Full (Ch. 24)
The Media Equation (PDF) Byron Reeves & Clifford Nass Archive (Ed. 5)
Mediational Theory of Meaning (PDF) Charles Osgood Archive (Ed. 1)
Muted Group Theory Cheris Kramarae Full (Ch. 35)
Narrative Paradigm Walter Fisher Full (Ch. 23)
Performance Ethnography Dwight Conquergood Brief
Phenomenology Husserl, Merleau, Ponty, Fish, Gadamer, Ricoeur Brief
Postmodernism Lyotard, Baudrillard, Derrrida, others Brief
Principle of Veracity Sissella Bok Brief
Prophetic Pragmatism Cornel West Brief
Proxemic Theory (PDF) Edward Hall Archive (Ed. 1)
Relational Control Millar & Rogers Brief
Relational Dialectics Leslie Baxter & Barbara Montgomery Full (Ch. 12)
The Rhetoric Aristotle Full (Ch. 21)
Semiotics Roland Barthes Full (Ch. 25)
Significant Choice Thomas Nilsen Brief
Social Construction Shotter, Harre, others Brief
Social Exchange Theory (PDF) John Thibaut & Harold Kelley Brief + Archive (Ed. 2)
Social Information Processing Theory Joseph Walther Full (Ch. 11)
Social Judgment Theory Muzafer Sherif Full (Ch. 14)
Social Learning Theory-Social Cognition Theory (PDF) Albert Bandura Archive (Ed. 2)
Social Penetration Theory Irwin Altman & Dalmas Taylor Full (Ch. 9)
Speech Codes Theory Gerry Philipsen Full (Ch. 32)
Spiral of Silence Elisabeth Noelle-Nuemann Full (Ch. 29)
Standpoint Theory Sandra Harding & Julia T Wood Full (Ch. 34)
Structural Linguistics Ferdinand de Saussure Brief
Structuration Theory Anthony Giddens Brief
Symbolic Convergence Theory Ernest Bormann Full (Ch. 3)
Symbolic Interactionism George Herbert Mead Full (Ch. 5)
Two-Step Flow of Communication Katz & Lazarsfeld Brief
Uncertainty Reduction Theory Charles Berger Full (Ch. 10)
Yale Attitude Change Hovland Brief

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