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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.

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.

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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

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