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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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Chapter 1. Global Communication and Media Research


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Global communication and media research has grown significantly in the past decade. At the same time, this research, for the most part, continues to be insular with little collaboration across disciplines and across geographical boundaries (some research in Europe is the exception). The continued insularity is not for lack of interest in international and interdisciplinary collaborations. Rather, it can be traced to lack of knowledge about potential areas for collaboration, and more fundamentally, a lack of knowledge about research in other institutions. This book’s premise is that researchers across the world need more information about work by colleagues, particularly those in other geographical regions. To fill this void, this book provides information on research projects, research priorities, and collaborative opportunities in communication and media research from across a wide span of countries across the world. I analyzed the web sites of 83 communication and media research centers and institutes in 28 countries excluding the United States. I also conducted an online survey of 159 senior scholars working in 38 countries including the United States. I asked senior scholars to assess the state of our field, and to identify their current work and potential areas for international collaboration. ← 1 | 2 →

Much of the material in this book is new and not currently available in one reference. The sources I used—web sites of international communication research groups and senior scholars in our field—provide unique...

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