The Meaning of "Relationship" in Interpersonal Communication


Despite a growing emphasis on relationship studies in interpersonal communication, serious attention to the conceptual meaning of relationship has been limited. The purpose of this volume is to explore the meaning and use of "relationship" in interpersonal communication studies. The contributors to this volume, representatives of related, but differing perspectives, outline definitional boundaries and conceptual implications of the term stemming from their particular ontological and epistemological approaches. This volume provides an engaging and provocative examination of "relationship" by seasoned writers who are committed to seeing the field with new eyes. As such, the book will be invaluable to scholars and researchers in the field.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Stuart J. Sigman
  • L. Edna Rogers
  • Robert D. McPhee
  • Sandra Metts
  • Richard L. Conville
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1998


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