Com Theory Book List

For those who are taking my communication theory course in the fall, please acquire these books before the semester begins. There will also be a fairly extensive collection of articles I will ask you to read, but you will have a chance to track these down when you arrive at the university. The following books have not been ordered for the university bookstore. You are on your own for ordering them. I have linked to Amazon for the books below (any kickback to be funneled toward class refreshments), but you may order these through your local book store, or any other way you like.


John Durham Peters, Speaking into the Air.
Georg Simmel, Conflict and the Web of Group Affiliations.
C. Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination.
Shearon Lowery & Melvin DeFleur, Milestones in Mass Communication Research
Jeremy Campbell, Grammatical Man
Pierre Bourdieu, Practical Reason


If you do not have a copy of Strunk & White’s Elements of Style, I strongly recommend you get a copy and (re)read it.

You may also want to consider getting copies of these two communication theory textbooks, and a sociological overview, to help make sense of the relationships among the wide variety of theories we will be discussing.
Armand Mattelart & Michele Mattelart, Theories of Communication: a short introduction
Randall Collins, Four Sociological Traditions
Stephen W. Littlejohn, Theories of Human Communication

Read First

You should read the following before our first meeting,

* The Introduction, first, and second chapters from Peters.

* Wikipedia: Communication Theory

I will distribute a course syllabus during the orientation, and I look forward to meeting you then.

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