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Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication


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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Collectively, we would like to thank each of the contributing authors who eagerly embraced this challenge with us� Without your research expertise, anecdotal experiences, time, and dedication, this volume would not have been possible� We also extend heartfelt appreciation to Peter Lang Publishing Inc�, who made this scholastic work a reality� We especially thank Mary Savigar who be- lieved in this project even in its infancy� Finally, Dr� Tom Socha, the series editor, we thank you for recognizing that the dark side of communication is intimately linked to our holistic understanding of lifespan communication� Eletra S. Gilchrist-Petty To my immediate family, Norris, London, Mom, Dad, Taylor, and Fredrick, your love and sup- port are priceless, and each day you inspire me to reach beyond my greatest potential� Landri and Logan, you are forever in my heart� I would like to thank my Charger family at The University of Alabama, in Huntsville, for recognizing the importance of liberal arts education and scholarship� To my research assistants, Heather Patrick Beard and Moeshia Williams, I thank you for exhibiting diligence and keen editing skills� To my co-editor, Dr� Shawn D� Long, thank you for embarking on this journey with me� Above all, I thank my heavenly father for blessing me with the strength, intuition, and ability to complete another book project—truly, my cup runneth over� Shawn D. Long Many people have contributed to the conceptualization, execution, and support of this book� Spe- cial thanks to my co-editor, Dr� Eletra S� Gilchrist-Petty, for...

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