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Theories covered in the 9th Edition

The list below contains theories that are or have been covered in A First Look at Communication Theory
Full = a chapter in the 9th edition is dedicated to this theory.
Brief = the theory is discussed in the 9th 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 appears is available.
When a theory name is clickable, the link will take you to Theory Resouces for that theory or open the archived chapter.

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You can also view the 9th Edition Table of Contents to see supplementary material as well as theories.

* New in the 9th Edition

Theory Author(s) Coverage
Action Assembly Theory (PDF) John Greene Brief + Archive (Ed. 1)
Adaptive Structuration Theory (PDF) Marshall Scott Poole Archive (Ed. 7)
Agenda Setting Theory Maxwell McCombs & Donald Shaw Full (Ch. 30)
Anxiety-Uncertainty Management Theory (PDF) William Gudykunst 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 Not available Brief
* Co-Cultural Theory Mark Orbe Brief
Cognitive Dissonance Leon Festinger Full (Ch. 16)
Communication Accommodation Theory Howard Giles Full (Ch. 31)
* Communicative Constitutions of Organizations Robert McPhee Full (Ch. 20)
Communitarian Ethics Clifford Christians Brief
Communication Privacy Management Theory Sandra Petronio Full (Ch. 12)
Constructivism (PDF) Jesse Delia Archive (Ed. 8)
Coordinated Management of Meaning W Barnett Pearce & Vernon Cronen Full (Ch. 6)
Critical Theory of Communication in Organizations Stanley Deetz Full (Ch. 21)
Cultivation Theory George Gerbner Full (Ch. 29)
Cultural Approach to Organizations Clifford Geertz & Michael Pacanowsky Full (Ch. 19)
Cultural Dimensions Geert Hofstede Brief
Cultural Studies Stuart Hall Full (Ch. 27)
Dialogic Ethics Martin Buber Brief
Dialogics Mikhail Bakhtin Brief
Different Voice (PDF) Carol Gilligan Brief + Archive (Ed. 1)
Discourse Ethics Jürgen Habermas Brief
Dramatism Kenneth Burke Full (Ch. 23)
Elaboration Likelihood Model Richard Petty & John Cacippio Full (Ch. 15)
Existential Theory (PDF) Carl Rogers Brief + Archive (Ed. 1)
Exitation Transfer Theory Dolf Zillmann Brief
Expectancy Violations Theory Judee Burgoon Full (Ch. 7)
Face Negotiation Theory Stella Ting-Toomey Full (Ch. 32)
FIRO Theory (PDF) William Schutz Archive (Ed. 1)
Four Theories of the Press Not available Brief
Functional Perspective on Group Decision Making Randy Hirokawa & Dennis Gouran Full (Ch. 17)
Genderlect Styles Deborah Tannen Full (Ch. 34)
General Semantics (PDF) Alfred Korzybski Archive (Ed. 1)
Goals-Plans-Action Model James Dillard Brief
Golden Mean Aristotle Brief
Groupthink (PDF) Irving Janis Brief + 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 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)
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
Marxism Karl Marx Brief
Meaning of Meaning (PDF) I A Richards Brief + Archive (Ed. 3)
Media Ecology Marshall McLuhan Full (Ch. 25)
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. 36)
Narrative Paradigm Walter Fisher Full (Ch. 24)
Postmodernism Jean-Francois Lyotard Brief
Principle of Veracity Sissella Bok Brief
Proxemic Theory (PDF) Edward Hall Brief + Archive (Ed. 1)
* Relational Turbulence Model Leanne Knobloch Brief
Relational Control Edna Rogers & Richard Farace Brief
Relational Dialectics Leslie Baxter & Barbara Montgomery Full (Ch. 11)
Resonance Principle of Persuasion Tony Schwartz Brief
Responsive "I" Emmanuel Levinas Brief
The Rhetoric Aristotle Full (Ch. 22)
Semiotics Roland Barthes Full (Ch. 26)
Significant Choice Thomas Nilsen Brief
Social Construction Not available Brief
Social Exchange Theory (PDF) John Thibaut & Harold Kelley Brief + Archive (Ed. 2)
Social Identity Theory Henri Tajfel with John Turner Brief
Social Information Processing Theory Joseph Walther Full (Ch. 10)
Social Judgment Theory Muzafer Sherif Full (Ch. 14)
Social Learning Theory-Social Cognition Theory (PDF) Albert Bandura Brief + Archive (Ed. 2)
Social Penetration Theory Irwin Altman & Dalmas Taylor Full (Ch. 8)
Speech Codes Theory Gerry Philipsen Full (Ch. 33)
Spiral of Silence (PDF) Elisabeth Noelle-Nuemann Archive (Ed. 7)
Standpoint Theory Sandra Harding & Julia T Wood Full (Ch. 35)
Structural Linguistics Ferdinand de Saussure Brief
Symbolic Convergence Theory Ernest Bormann Full (Ch. 18)
Symbolic Interactionism George Herbert Mead Full (Ch. 5)
Two-Step Flow of Communication Elihu Katz & Paul Lazersfeld Brief
Uncertainty Reduction Theory Charles Berger Full (Ch. 9)
Uses and Gratifications Elihu Katz Full (Ch. 28)

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