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How Communication Scholars Think and Act

A Lifespan Perspective


Julien C. Mirivel

Every great scholar begins as a student. But what does it take to get there? And what is the journey like? This book explores the lifespan development of some of the best-known communication scholars in the United States. Grounded in 30 in-depth interviews, personal stories, and communication theory, the book reveals the nature of human development, the curvature of disciplinary thinking, and the values that drive communication professionals. With powerful examples from great thinkers and teachers such as Robert Craig, Valerie Manusov, and Gerry Philipsen, the book shows that communicating well is a slow, gradual awakening toward others. How Communication Scholars Think and Act is designed to inspire students and faculty alike to persevere in the face of setbacks, to learn about communication more deeply, and to improve human relationships across contexts. This is an ideal text for courses in communication theory, interpersonal communication, and introductory courses to the field. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to become a communication professional.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Mirivel, Julien C., author. Title: How communication scholars think and act: a lifespan perspective / Julien C. Mirivel. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2017. Series: Lifespan communication: children, families, and aging; Vol. 11 ISSN 2166-6466 (print) | ISSN 2166-6474 (online) Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016040467| ISBN 9781433130793 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-3078-6 (paperback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4539-1913-2 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-3788-4 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3789-1 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Communication—Study and teaching. Classification: LCC P91.3 M57 2017 | DDC 302.2—dc23 LC record available at DOI: 10.3726/978-1-4539-1913-2 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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