Charles R. Berger

1 Interpersonal communication: Historical foundations and emerging directions

Abstract: Since its inception in the 1950s, the interpersonal communication sub-discipline has evolved from a research enterprise preoccupied with understanding the role communication plays in the exercise of social influence to a broader purview that seeks to explain the role face-to-face and mediated social interaction play in the achievement of a broad range of instrumental and social goals. This evolution has featured development of theories aimed at explaining a variety of fundamental interpersonal communication processes and functions and the adoption of research methods that capture the dynamic, give-and-take of social interaction. These theories, ...

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