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Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication

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Edited By Eletra S. Gilchrist-Petty and Shawn D. Long

Research on the dark side of communication has typically been studied from a single standpoint confined to a specific context. As an intradisciplinary project, this volume transcends the traditional unilateral perspective and focuses on a wide range of communication topics across a variety of contexts. From interpersonal communication, organizational communication, computer-mediated communication, and health communication, the book presents a collection of essays that merges theory with practical application.
Chapter contributors write candidly and unapologetically about how they and various populations under investigation mitigate a wealth of dark side behaviors spanning sexualization, cyberstalking, bereavement, and various illnesses.
The different perspectives offer a lens through which students and academics can enhance their understanding of how dark side behaviors are experienced and communicated. They enlighten our understanding of the dark side of human communication, initiate thought-provoking conversations, and inspire future studies that will advance the limitless inquisitions of contextual dark side research.

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Foreword: Welcome to the Dark Side � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � ix Mark P� Orbe Acknowledgments � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � xi Introduction: A Contextual Perspective of the Dark Side of Communication � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � xiii Eletra S� Gilchrist-Petty Context 1: The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication Chapter One: Unlimited: Ostracism’s Potential to Awaken Us to Possibility and Mystery � � � � � � � � � � � � � 1 Katie M� Striley Chapter Two: “They Don’t Get It, and I Don’t Want to Try to Explain It to Them”: Perceptions of Support Messages for Individuals Bereaved by the Death of a Parent or Sibling� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � 13 Erin Basinger and Erin Wehrman Chapter Three: On Sexualization and Attraction…A Communication “Dark” Side � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � 25 D� L� Stephenson Chapter Four: Didn’t Expect You to Hurt Me This Way: A Typology of Hurtful Events in Dating and Marital Relationships � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � 35 Eletra S� Gilchrist-Petty Chapter Five: Student-Sourced Verbal Aggression on Teaching Evaluations� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � 47 Felecia F� Jordan Jackson Contexts of the Dark Side of Communicationvi Context 2: The Dark Side of Organizational Communication Chapter Six: Workplace Bullying: U�S� Academic Managers’ Intervention Strategies � � � � � � � � � � � �59 Susan L� Theiss and Lynne M� Webb Chapter Seven: Defamation, Public Persecution, and Death Threats: Characterizing Retaliation against Whistle-Blowers� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �75 Brian K� Richardson and Dianne Gravely Chapter Eight: “A Cat Fight in the Office”: The Use of Gossip as a Means of Resource Control � � � �87 Falon Kartch and Kathleen S� Valde Chapter Nine: Dispelling Darkness through Dialogue in Discrimination Crises: Learning Diversity Lessons the Hard Way � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �99 Donyale R� Griffin Padgett, Melvin Gupton, and Idrissa N� Snider Chapter Ten: Microaggressive Communication in Organizational Settings � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �111...

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