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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.
Eletra S. Gilchrist-Petty (PhD, University of Memphis) is Communication Arts Associate Professor at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. She is the editor of Experiences of Single African-American Women Professors: With This PhD, I Thee Wed (2011).
Shawn D. Long (PhD, University of Kentucky) is Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Communication Studies and Organizational Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is the editor of Communication, Relationships and Practices in Virtual Work (2010) and Virtual Work and Human Interaction Research (2012).