Persuasion, theory and context

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Sage Publications, 1981 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 283 pages
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Reardon views persuasion as not only the means for selling goods or political parties -- something that one person or group does to another. She also sees it as an exchange, a way of defining our self identity, our personal opinions and our shared ideals. She applies a fresh sensitivity towards the situational complexity of persuasion in her study of interpersonal, organizational, and mass media persuasion.

'...choose this volume for a class or seminar on communication theory because it is a thoughtful and useful explication and polemic for a rules perspective on communication, with particular reference to persuasion...whether you choose it for one class or another or none at all, do not miss choosing to read it.' -- Quarterly Journal of Speech, May 1982

'...Reardon's Persuasion is an outstanding, perhaps landmark contribution to the contemporary persuasion literature. Her rules-based theoretical model is a coherent, systematic, and thoroughly exciting new direction in persuasion theory and research. I expect Reardon's ideas to have a significant impact on the thinking of all serious scholars of persuasion in the 1980s and beyond.' -- The Public Opinion Quarterly, Vol 47, 1983

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Contents

Foreword by Gerald R Miller
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Introduction
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The AttitudeBehavior Relationship
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Copyright

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About the author (1981)

Kathleen Kelley Reardon is professor of management at the University of Southern California Marshall School where she has served on the preventive medicine faculty. She is the author of seven books, including the Amazon Best Seller, The Secret Handshake and It’s All Politics about how politics impacts the careers of individuals and missions of organizations. She is the author of Persuasion in Practice (Sage) and three-time Harvard Business Review author– her latest article is “Courage At Work.” She was co-principal investigator and author on the feasibility study that launched Starbright later chaired by Steven Spielberg and conjoined with Starlight. Dr. Reardon was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Mortar Board, received her Ph.D. “With Distinction” from UMASS, Amherst, and has been a political analyst with The Huffington Post (www.huffingtonpost.com).

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