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Global Communication and Media Research


Alexis S. Tan

This book identifies and analyzes priorities, themes, projects and publications in the world’s leading communication research institutes, centers and doctoral programs. It also presents an assessment of the state and future of communication research by prominent international scholars in communication. Using these data sources, the book provides a comprehensive review of communication and media research outside the United States, a critical gap in the literature. It is a useful reference for U.S. and international communication scholars, and can be a textbook for graduate and undergraduate courses in international communication, global communication and communication theories.

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Appendix 14: Senior Scholars: Challenges to Communication Research by Region and Country



• South Africa (n=1): de-Westernizing theory

• Uganda (n=1): absence of focus/research agendas, reliance on founder for research agendas, lack of government commitment to research, failure of academics to prioritize research over teaching and consultancy


• China (n=7): ability to deal with data-based interdisciplinary issues; to persuade decision-makers to listen to communication scholars before making public policies; Internet and new technologies are changing communication and journalistic practice; impact and development of technology; lack of original theories; reluctance to adopt new theories; converge multimethods

• Hong Kong (n=5): rapid development of new technology and changing media environment; steady erosion of “two systems, part of one country” model; no resources for research; to see communication as ← 221 | 222 → an applied art rather than as a social science; no big theories, just variables

• India (n=3): communication research courses are on the margins in most universities; teachers lack research expertise; intellectual honesty regarding quality of work; media and communication sector are growing but serious research in communication is lacking

• Japan (n=2): the decline of the mass media; psychology tends to dominate communication science while some other approaches lose ground

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