Communication and Personal Relationships

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Kathryn Dindia, Steve Duck
Wiley, Sep 11, 2000 - Psychology - 232 pages
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This book offers new and compelling insights into the ways in which communication is central to the study of personal relationships. Specifically, this volume focuses on front-line cutting-edge theories and methods in the study of communication and personal relationships. The opening chapter of this volume plunges straight into investigating the question "What is a personal relationship?," the central issue facing personal relationship research. The answers offered in this volume highlight the role of communication as a means of expressing a relationship as well as it being the essential substance of the relationship. The authors in this volume focus on different aspects of relationships and explain them in different ways. Some of the aspects covered are:
  • relationships as stories
  • relationship life cycles
  • cross-sex relationships
  • obsessive relational intrusion and stalking
  • interpersonal relationships and mental health problems
  • social networks
  • a dialectical view of relationships
  • face and facework
This volume provides a useful reference for professionals whose research and/or teaching focuses on communication and personal relationships. This book is also intended for advanced students in courses on communication and/or close relationships. Communication and Personal Relationships is one of a series of paperbacks dedicated to the study and application of processes by which individuals relate to each other in social and family settings. Each book provides an expanded and up-to-date version of a section in the original Handbook of Personal Relationships (second edition) edited by Steve Duck. See inside for details of each book.

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Accounts Storied Lives Evocative Narratives
Rethinking Communication in Personal Relationships from
Communication Networks and Relationship Life Cycles
Implications for the Study of Personal
Interpersonal Relationships and Mental Health Problems
Crosssex Friendship Research as Ideological Practice
Toward a Theory of Obsessive Relational Intrusion and Stalking
Author Index

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About the author (2000)

Steve Duck taught at two universities in the United Kingdom before taking up the Daniel and Amy Starch Distinguished Research Chair in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa, where he is a professor of communication studies and adjunct professor of psychology. He is also a Dean's Administrative Fellow and Chair of the Rhetoric Department. Duck has taught several interpersonal communication courses, mostly on relationships, but also on nonverbal communication, communication in everyday life, construction of identity, communication theory, organizational leadership, and procedures and practices for leaders. Duck has written or edited 60 books on relationships and founded the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, which he served as Editor for 15 year, and co-founded a series of international conferences on personal relations. His book, Meaningful Relationships: Talking, Sense, and Relating, won the G. R. Miller Book Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Duck has also won several personal awards such as the University of Iowa s first Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in 2001, the 2004 National Communication Association s Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award, the 2010 Helen Kechriotis Nelson Teaching Award from UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and elected 2010 Distinguished Scholar from the National Communication Association. He hopes to someday appear on a viral YouTube clip and be famous.

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