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).
Contents: Mark P. Orbe: Welcome to the Dark Side - Eletra S. Gilchrist-Petty: A Contextual Perspective of the Dark Side of Communication - Katie M. Striley: Unlimited: Ostracism's Potential to Awaken Us to Possibility and Mystery - Erin Basinger/Erin Wehrman: "They Don't Get It, and I Don't Want to Try to Explain It to Them": Perceptions of Support Messages for Individuals Bereaved by the Death of a Parent or Sibling - D. L. Stephenson: On Sexualization and Attraction...A Communication "Dark" Side - Eletra S. Gilchrist-Petty: Didn't Expect You to Hurt Me This Way: A Typology of Hurtful Events in Dating and Marital Relationships - Felecia F. Jordan Jackson: Student-Sourced Verbal Aggression on Teaching Evaluations - Susan L. Theiss/Lynne M. Webb: Workplace Bullying: U.S. Academic Managers' Intervention Strategies - Brian K. Richardson/Dianne Gravely: Defamation, Public Persecution, and Death Threats: Characterizing Retaliation against Whistle-Blowers - Falon Kartch/Kathleen S. Valde: "A Cat Fight in the Office": The Use of Gossip as a Means of Resource Control - Donyale R. Griffin Padgett/Melvin Gupton/Idrissa N. Snider: Dispelling Darkness through Dialogue in Discrimination Crises: Learning Diversity Lessons the Hard Way - Shawn D. Long/Haley Wonznyj/Marcus J. Coleman/Amin Makkawy/Calvin Spivey: Microaggressive Communication in Organizational Settings - Creshema R. Murray/Kenon A. Brown: Hazing as a Tool of Destructive Organizational Identification and Loyalty - Jason Thompson/Rockell Brown-Burton/Devlon Jackson: Exploring the Dark Side of Social Support among African Americans with Prostate Cancer - Leandra H. Hernandez: "My Doctor Ruined My Entire Birthing Experience": A Qualitative Analysis of Mexican-American Women's Birth Struggles with Health Care Providers - Annette Madlock Gatison: Body Politics - Strategies for Inclusiveness: A Case Study of the National Breast Cancer Coalition - Michael P. Vicaro: Being Detained: Time, Space, and Intersubjectivity in Long-Term Solitary Confinement - Jocelyn M. Degroot/Heather J. Carmack: Catfished: Disenfranchised Grief for the Never-Existed - Stacie Wilson Mumpower/Megan Bassick: I Heard It through the Grapevine: How Organizational Rumors Impact Interpersonal Relationships via Traditional and CMC Channels - Kimberly L. Kulovitz/Edward A. Mabry: "I Regret Nothing": Cyberbullying and Prosocial Influence in the First-Person Shooter Game - Elaine L. Davies: Past Abuse, Cyberstalking, and Help-Seeking Behavior - Amy J. Johnson/Eryn Bostwick/Chris Anderson: How Do Computer-Mediated Channels Negatively Impact Existing Interpersonal Relationships? - Jessica J. Eckstein: "The More Things Change...": Technologically Mediated Abuse of Intimate Partner Violence Victims - Jesse Fox/Courtney Anderegg: Turbulence, Turmoil, and Termination: The Dark Side of Social Networking Sites for Romantic Relationships - Jenny Dixon/Corey J. Liberman: Shedding Light on Dark Structures Constraining Work/Family Balance: A Structurational Approach - Ashley Barrett: "The Serial-Killer Application": Email Overload and The Dark Side of Communication Technology in the Workplace - Trisha K. Hoffman/Jocelyn M. Degroot: Facing the Green-Eyed Monster: Identifying Triggers of Facebook Jealousy - Shawn D. Long: (Re)Casting the Dark Side of Communication.