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Global Communication and Media Research

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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 4. Conclusions and Recommendations

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CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The objective of this book is to map out international communication research from the perspective of senior communication scholars and the research institutes and centers in which they work. I wrote this book in response to a lack of information about research in other countries, a fragmentation of the communication field into numerous subfields, and a need for more interdisciplinary and international collaborative research. The complexity of issues and social problems that could be addressed by communication research and the international scope of these issues and problems call for an exchange of information on research projects and priorities, and for research across borders and disciplines. This book is a small step in this direction. It provides information on research projects and priorities, and on perceptions of the state of the field by a select group of senior scholars.

I analyzed the responses to a questionnaire of an expert, nonrepresentative sample of 159 scholars from 38 countries including the United States. I also analyzed the official web sites of 83 communication and media research centers and institutes in 29 countries (excluding the United States). These sources provided information on international communication research that can be useful to graduate students, faculty, and researchers in the United States and abroad. The book can be used as a resource and information guide ← 135 | 136 → to centers, institutes, and doctoral programs in 29 countries. Opportunities for doctoral study, postdoctoral fellowships, and...

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