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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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When I first proposed this book, I did not realize the enormity of the project. I was drawn to the novel and creative Scholarsourcing competition at AEJMC because of my respect for both the association and Peter Lang Publishing. As I began work on the project, the many challenges soon became apparent: identifying influential communication scholars who were leaders in their disciplines and identifying the leading international research centers and doctoral programs in communication; convincing potential survey respondents from around the world to answer a questionnaire that asked them to assess their own work, work of their peers, and the challenges and opportunities facing the disciplines in which they work; and, after all the information had been collected, the task of summarizing and integrating the megabytes of data into a meaningful and accessible form. After two years, we have this book. Its completion was made possible with help from many, so I say Thank You, Gracias, Arigatogozaimashita, Danke, Xiexie, Salamat, and in a host of other languages I wish I spoke:

To the international and U.S. scholars who participated in the survey, for your time, diligence, and thoughtful responses;

To AEJMC and Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., for publishing the book; specifically the AEJMC Scholarsourcing editorial board—Paula Poindexter, ← xi | xii → Carolyn Bronstein, David Perlumutter, Richard Waters, and Jane Singer who is also series editor for Peter Lang; Mary Savigar, former Acquisition Editor for Peter Lang; Jackie Pavlovic, Production Manager; and Kathryn Harrison, Acquisition Editor...

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