Review by Choice Review
In this complex exploration of communication theory, Klyukanov (Eastern Washington Univ.) asserts that communication is happening in "spacetime"--meaning it is constantly changing, restoring people and making them whole. Rejecting ontology, the author offers seven chapters in which he proposes that communication is a continuously moving process (meaningful experiences happen in "spacetime"); frames the stages of communication as naming via "invocation," "conversation" in the present moment, "construction" of a common world order, and "resignation" via self-awareness and initiation of meaning; asserts that the character of communication is ecological; and emphasizes that the voice of every single person matters. In the final chapter, Klyukanov briefly mentions the ethical position of "first, do no harm" and declares that the universe and communication are consubstantial, both everlasting and ever changing. As James Anderson does in Communication Theory: Epistemological Foundations (CH, Jan'97, 34-2578), Klyukanov analyzes the foundation of theory building in communication but exercises the rather unexpected tangential metaphors of air, water, earth, and fire. This is a book for those interested in investigational communication theory. Summing Up; Recommended. Researchers only. K. L. Majocha University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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