New Directions in Interpersonal Communication Research
- Sandi W. Smith - Michigan State University, USA
- Steven R. Wilson - University of South Florida, Tampa, USA
Communication Research Methods | Interpersonal Communication | Interpersonal Relations
A combination of established and newer scholars, as well as 'boundary spanners' (those who are applying interpersonal theories and concepts to areas such as family, health, intercultural, organizational, and mediated communication) illustrate the wealth and breadth of this area of study and research.
Much of the success of New Directions stems from the editors’ selection of strong contributors. These are definitely the people to be reading. Perhaps more important, the editors asked contributors to tell the story of their research by addressing basic questions on the origins of their work, the methods they used, their most important findings and challenges, and the directions they and other might take the work in the future. The result is a book that is at once more engaging than recent encyclopedias and handbooks and more substantive than recent textbooks surveying theories of interpersonal communication. In my view New Directions offers the best graduate/professional level introduction to the field of interpersonal communication currently available. It is compact, accessible, and authoritative.
"Books, particularly edited volumes, rarely succeed in expressing either a sense of history or a clear vision of the discipline’s leading edge. New Directions in Interpersonal Communication Research, succeeds at both."
Good supplemental text for upper-division interpersonal course.
I found the book very useful to recommend to my students because it gives an overview and analysis of the past and current research in interpersonal communication. Students who are taking Interpersonal Communication courses may not be aware of the rich background in research as well of the on-going interdisciplinary studies in this field. The chapters discuss relevant topics to undergraduate students, such as relational, media and cultural aspects in interpersonal communication. The authors also suggest ideas for further research and apply theory to more specific interpersonal situations. This book is an in-depth, yet at the same very practical and applicable text to be used in the classroom.
Sections of this book will be very useful for my students in the module Communication and Social Interaction. Will highly likely remain as recommended reading for the revalidated module from 2012 onwards
A useful source of information on aspects of interpersonal communication that my students would benefit from considering
Although I found one or two chapters to be interesting, the book was too specific for a general course of social psychology.
Research reviewed was most current and is thoughtfully synthesized. Text is accessible to upper-level undergrads as well as grad students.