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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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Editor Biographies: Eletra S. Gilchrist-Petty (Ph�D�, University of Memphis) is an Associate Professor of Commu- nication Arts at the University of Alabama, Huntsville� She earned her B�A� and M�A� degrees in Communication Studies from The University of Alabama and her Ph�D� in Communication Stud- ies from the University of Memphis� Gilchrist-Petty is the Spring 2016 Interim Communication Arts Department Chair at the University of Alabama, Huntsville� Her programs of research focus on instructional communication, interpersonal communication, and African American commu- nication from both the quantitative and qualitative perspectives� Gilchrist-Petty’s premier edited text is Experiences of Single African-American Women Professors: With This Ph.D., I Thee Wed and was published in 2011 by Lexington Books� She has also published in many leading scholarly outlets, including Review of Communication, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Communi- cation Reports, Journal of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), NIDA Journal of Language and Communication, Communication Teacher, Southern Communication Journal, and The Northwest Journal of Communication� Gilchrist-Petty has authored a number of book chapters and presented scholarly research at many academic conferences spanning the international, state, regional, and local levels� Additionally, Gilchrist-Petty has held several offices with the National Communication Association (NCA), including Chair of the African American Communication and Culture Division (AACCD), Legislative Assembly, Nominating Committee, and Affirmative Action and Intercaucus Committee� Gilchrist-Petty is the 2012 winner of the Top Research Journal article presented by the AACCD of NCA, and she received the 2012–2013 Martin Luther King Jr� Service Award presented...

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