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The emerging paradigm of comparative communication enquiry: Advancing cross-national research in times of globalization


Esser, Frank (2013). The emerging paradigm of comparative communication enquiry: Advancing cross-national research in times of globalization. International Journal of Communication, 7:113-128.

Abstract

This essay addresses the paradox that, while transnationalization can only adequately be tested by cross-national comparative designs, it also undermines a premise of these designs—namely, to think of systems as self-contained things that can be independently compared. I will resolve this apparent dilemma by making several suggestions as to how traditional approaches need to be updated. First, I will outline the logic of comparative analysis. Next, I will explain its scientific relevance and justify its emerging status as an autonomous subfield in the communication discipline. Finally, I will explicate how comparative designs must be amended to account for the challenges of transnationalization.

This essay addresses the paradox that, while transnationalization can only adequately be tested by cross-national comparative designs, it also undermines a premise of these designs—namely, to think of systems as self-contained things that can be independently compared. I will resolve this apparent dilemma by making several suggestions as to how traditional approaches need to be updated. First, I will outline the logic of comparative analysis. Next, I will explain its scientific relevance and justify its emerging status as an autonomous subfield in the communication discipline. Finally, I will explicate how comparative designs must be amended to account for the challenges of transnationalization.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:17 Feb 2014 09:48
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:34
Publisher:University of Southern California
ISSN:1932-8036
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/issue/view/9
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-91247

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