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Communication Research and Practice


Edited By Adrienne Shaw and D. Travers Scott

This volume brings together a range of papers that fruitfully engage with the theme of the 2017 Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, held in San Diego, California: Interventions. Here "intervention" points to a range of communication practices that engage with a political event, social phenomena, industrial or socio-cultural practice, in order to alter and disrupt events and the norms and practices that contribute to their occurrence.  Interventions prohibit events from proceeding in a "normal" course. Interventions approach or critique practices and phenomenon resulting from tensions or absences occurring in: events, structures, (institutional governmental, media industry), discourses, and socio-cultural and subcultural events. Intervention presents the opportunity to explore boundaries, assumptions and strategies that appear to be different or irreconcilable, viewing them instead as possibilities for productive engagements. Communication interventions—in both research and practice—insert insights from diverse voices, marginal positions, emerging organizational practices and digital technologies, to broaden and enrich dialogue. Interventions bring complex reframings to events and phenomenon. Interventions seek to alter a course and effect changed practices in a range of spheres: governmental and social institutions, cultural and nongovernmental groups; industry and organizational life, new media and digital spaces, socio-cultural environments, subcultural groups, health environments, affective and behavioral life, and in everyday life.

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2. The Structure of the International Communication Association—2016: A Network Analysis (Ke Jiang / George A. Barnett)


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2. The Structure of the International Communication Association—2016: A Network Analysis


Communication, as a field and discipline, is constituted of diverse subject matter and theoretical perspectives. As Craig (1999) has argued, communication is not a coherent field, but rather an interdisciplinary clearinghouse of “disciplinary traditions, substantive specialties, methodologies, and school of thought” (p. 120). Scholars have engaged in empirical research and discussion about its structure, antecedent conditions that created its current form, and how the idealized field should look (Rogers & Chaffee, 1983). Much of this research has used network analysis methods to describe the discipline (Barnett, 2013). Specifically, the structure of the communication discipline, and the patterns of communication among the disciplines’ scholars, can be described through the social and semantic network analysis of the affiliations of communication scholars, hiring practices (Barnett, Danowski, Feeley, & Salker, 2010; Mai, Liu, & González-Bailón, 2015) and academic publication (journals, books, conference papers) (Barnett, Huh, Kim, & Park, 2011).

This chapter describes the structure of the International Communication Association (ICA) based on its member affiliations in the various divisions and interest groups that comprise the organization and through a semantic network analysis of the paper titles presented at the organization’s annual conferences from 2013 to 2016. It extends previous social network analysis by adding the examinations of co-authorships among scholars from different countries and regions, and relationships between divisions/interest groups and...

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