Communication Studies

Publication covering communication, language and linguistics.

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 1, Spring

An Analysis of CSCA Member Interests for the Regional Conference Experience
In the Spring of 2002, Roberts Davilla (Vice-President Elect for the Central States Communication Association), in conjunction with a Public Relations course at the University of Northern Iowa developed a survey to assess CSCA member preferences for...
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A Social Constructionist Approach to Crisis Management: Allegations of Sudden Acceleration in the Audi 5000
Two years ago when "unintended acceleration" stories about Audi 5000s began appearing in the press and on TV, we believed that as an engineering company, the best way to respond would be through scientific analysis. In the end, we felt the facts would...
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Body Image Dissatisfaction and Eating Disturbance among Korean College Female Students: Relationships to Media Exposure, Upward Comparison, and Perceived Reality
Traditionally Koreans had preferred a round face and somewhat chubby body figure in woman, and such attributes were considered to bring fortune. However, young females in Korea today seem to be captivated with having a thin body like models in fashion...
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Communication in a Shared Governance Hospital: Managing Emergent Paradoxes
Professional nurses experience increasing workplace demands from inside and outside the hospital. The internal pressures of patient care and a traditional organizational hierarchy are coupled with external factors such as medical reimbursement guidelines...
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Douglas Ehninger: Modernist Rhetorician and Master of Rules
I still remember that hot afternoon in September, 1963. The open windows in the basement classroom didn't help stir the air. The only movement of the atmosphere was caused by the flurry of pens and pencils whirling madly to tranform oral into chirographic...
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Empathy and Social Support for the Terminally Ill: Implications for Recruiting and Retaining Hospice and Hospital Volunteers
Whether the goal is to save money or simply provide more alternatives, rising medical and health care costs and a continually growing elderly population have resulted in increased attention to alternative health care practices. One practice that is...
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Presidential Reflections
My first CSCA convention was in 1983 at Lincoln, Nebraska. I was a second-year graduate student at the University of Kansas and Wil Linkugel and Ken Johnson had donated their travel money to rent a van to take the graduate students to Central. That...
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Rhetorical Theory as Message Reception: A Cognitive Response Approach to Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
Traditional rhetorical theory adopts the perspective of rhetors rather than auditors. (1) This is not to say that rhetorical theory ignores audiences, but that, in the main, traditional rhetorical theory focuses on the question of how rhetors persuade....
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Using Theory to Guide Formative Evaluation of "Who's Afraid of Franken-Food?": Implications for Health Message Design (in Press, Communication Studies)
Genetically altered crops. Modified varieties. Franken-food. All are terms used to describe the biotechnology of modern agriculture. Biotechnology is defined as the use by industry of recombinant DNA, cell fusion, and new bioprocessing techniques for...
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