Table of Contents
Last updated February 19, 2001
SPRING 2001 THEORY WORKBOOK
Explanation of Theory:HCT is an ideal, moral, competency-based, communication theory for human action.
Theorists: Jurgen Habermas
Article:Habermas, J. (1964). The public sphere:
An encyclopedia article (D. Lennox & F. Lennox,
Interpretations:HCT creates an ideal through shared
knowledge, mutual trust, and accord with each other represented by an idealized
is a good theory because it derives from a consistently formulated theoretical
position. It contains a long list of research and makes sense to the reader.
Also, implications for other inquiries are made.
and Implications:HCT is important because it creates
this ideal through shared knowledge, mutual trust, and accord with each
other represented by an idealized speech situation.
may feel powerless during the national elections because so many political
candidates are associated with lobbying and money. You may feel that
even if you had the power, you have little time-given the demands of work
and/or school – to engage in public discussion of such issues as health
care, gun control, and euthanasia.
Research:McCarthy, Thomas A. (1979). The critical
theory of Jurgen Habermas. Cambridge: M.I.T. Press.
Location in Eight (8) Primary Communication Theory Textbooks:
Anderson, R., & Ross, V. (1998). Questions of communication: A practical introduction to theory (2nd ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. 284-287
Cragan, J. F., & Shields, D.C. (1998). Understanding communication theory: The communicative forces for human action. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. 301-305
Griffin, E. (2000). A first look at communication theory (4th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill. 393-404
Griffin, E. (1997). A first look at communication theory (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. 407-417
Infante, D. A., Rancer, A. S., & Womack, D. F. (1997). Building communication theory (3rd ed.). Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. 410-415
Littlejohn, S. W. (1999). Theories of human communication (6th ed). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. 230-234
West, R., & Turner, L. H. (2000). Introducing communication theory: Analysis and application. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield. N/A
Wood, J. T. (1997). Communication theories in action: An introduction.
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. N/A