Communication Studies

Publication covering communication, language and linguistics.

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 2, Summer

2003 Keynote Address: Communication, Women, and Leadership
Editor's Note--To facilitate the perusal of this noteworthy keynote conversation and expand its dissemination, Drs. Pearson and Trent furnished us with the following written comments. Judy Pearson's (JP) Opening Thoughts Thank you, Roberta, for...
Affectionate Expressions as Face-Threatening Acts: Receiver Assessments
Few would dispute the importance of affection exchange to human well-being. Affection is generally regarded as a fundamental human need (Rotter, Chance, & Phares, 1972; Schutz, 1958, Schutz, 1966), and it has been shown to be critical to human...
A Test of the Initial Processes of the Goal-Planning-Action Model of Interpersonal Influence
There are many theoretical models of how and why interpersonal influence works on the target, and relatively few describing the internal processes of the actor. Dillard (1990a) proposed a model of the cognitive and behavioral sequences undertaken by...
Civil Liberties, the Constitution, and Cigars: Anti-Smoking Conspiracy Logic in Cigar Aficionado, 1992-2001
While the rate of cigarette smoking has steadily declined over the last three decades, the rate of cigar consumption has increased by 66% (Baker, et al. 2000, p. 737; Satcher, 1999). (1) While most cigar smokers are wealthy, well-educated white males...
CSCA Presidential Reflection: Our Stories ... Our Legacy
IMPORTANCE OF STORIES We are the stories we tell. As Walter Fisher (1989) suggests, we humans are storytellers. We make sense of others and ourselves through story. A key concept in Fisher's narrative approach is the concept of narrative itself....
Humor Ability, Unwillingness to Communicate, Loneliness, and Perceived Stress: Testing a Security Theory
As members of a gregarious species (Huxley, 1960), human beings must find ways to develop and manage their interpersonal relationships. Laughter and humor are important parts of that quest, being beneficial both for the health of the individual (Galloway...
"If You Hit Me Again, I'll Hit You Back:" Conflict Management Strategies of Individuals Experiencing Aggression during Conflicts
Because of its ubiquitous nature, conflict has received a significant amount of attention from social scientists across disciplines. The negotiation of conflict is especially significant in interpersonal relationships characterized by aggression. Researchers...
Intentional Self-Embarrassment
Traditionally, research on interpersonal communication has explored how a person's actions affect another person's actions or how both people mutually affect each other's actions. Much of this research has focused on how an individual intentionally...
"Not Now, Maybe Later": The Influence of Relationship Type, Request Persistence, and Alcohol Consumption on Women's Refusal Strategies
Despite many changes in heterosexual relationships, there still exists a norm that the man pursues increased intimacy and the woman serves as a "gatekeeper" by either complying with or denying his requests (Amaro, 1995; Kowalski, 1993). Central to...
On-Line Relational Maintenance Strategies and Perceptions of Partners within Exclusively Internet-Based and Primarily Internet-Based Relationships
Relational maintenance is an important part of all relationships, and communication scholars have found it to be crucial to the survival of a relationship and for relational partners to be satisfied (Ayers, 1983; Bell, Daly, & Gonzalez, 1987; Dindia...
Organizing for Survival and Social Change: The Case of StreetWise
Most of us can only imagine, from a comfortable distance, the survival stratagems developed by individuals living on the periphery of mainstream society. Liberation theologians, in discussing the "preferential option for the poor," highlight how marginalized...
Politeness Theory and Refusals of Requests: Face Threat as a Function of Expressed Obstacles
Refusals of requests have been the subject of numerous investigations in recent years (e.g. Ifert & Roloff, 1998; Kim, Shin, & Cai, 1998) and past research recognizes that effective refusals account for the needs of both parties in interaction...
Relational, Role, and Social Identity as Expressed in Grandparents' Personal Web Sites
As we seek to understand the nature of human relationships, it is important to examine communication within and about those relationships in a variety of contexts. Such examinations can enhance our understanding of the relationships themselves, and...
The Internet Rhetoric of the Ku Klux Klan: A Case Study in Web Site Community Building Run Amok
"Stand with us Brothers and Sisters. Together we will overcome the forces that are trying to take our country away from us. NOW IS THE TIME!!!!!!!!!" (North Carolina White Knights) "Just because a person is black or another race doesn't make them...
Theories of Communication, Human Nature, and the World: Associations and Implications
The whole function of philosophy ought to be to find out what definite difference it will make to you and me, at definite instants of our life, if this world-formula or that world-formula be the one which is true. --William James (1898/1977, p....