The International History of Communication Study

The International History of Communication Study

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The International History of Communication Study maps the growth of media and communication studies around the world. Drawing out transnational flows of ideas, institutions, publications, and people, it offers the most comprehensive picture to date of the global history of communication research and education.

This volume reaches into national and regional areas that have not received much attention in the scholarship until now, including Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East alongside Europe and North America. It also covers communication study outside of academic settings: in international organizations like UNESCO, and among commercial and civic groups. It moves beyond the traditional canon to cover work by forgotten figures, including women scholars in the field and those outside of the United States and Europe, and it situates them all within the broader geopolitical, institutional, and intellectual landscapes that have shaped communication study globally.ã

Intended for scholars and graduate students in communication, media studies, and journalism, this volume pushes the history of communication study in new directions by taking an aggressively international and comparative perspective on the historiography of the field. Methodologically and conceptually, the volume breaks new ground in bringing comparative, transnational, and global frames to bear, and puts under the spotlight what has heretofore only lingered in the penumbra of the history of communication study.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 30.48mm | 794g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1138846031
  • 9781138846036
  • 2,391,238

Table of contents

Introduction: On the History of Communication Study-Peter Simonson and David W. Park

New Theories

The Transnational Flow of Ideas and Histoire Croisee with Attention to the Cases of France and Germany--Maria Loeblich, Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz

Gender, Work, and the History of Communication Research: Figures, Formations, and Flows--Karen Lee Ashcraft and Peter Simonson

Transnational Organizations

Locating UNESCO in the Historical Study of Communication--Ira Wagman

The IAMCR Story: Communication and Media Research in a Global Perspective-Michael Meyen


Practical Orientation as a Survival Strategy: The Development of Publizistikwissenschaft by Walter Hagemann-Thomas Wiedemann

Female Academics in Communication Science and the Post-War-Reconstruction Generation in Austria and Germany-Martina Thiele

Communication Studies on the Iberian Peninsula: A Comparative Analysis of the Field's Development in Portugal and Spain-Nelson Ribeiro

Early Nordic Media Research and the special case of Norway (1930 - 1965)--Tore Slaatta

UK Communication Study and the Challenges of Institutionalization-Phillip Lodge

The field of communication in Croatia: toward a comparative history of communication studies in Central and Eastern Europe--Zrinjka Perusko and Dina Vozab

North America

Crossing the Borders: Herta Herzog's Work in Communication and Marketing Research--Elisabeth Klaus and Josef Seethaler

Charles Siepmann's Forgotten Legacy for Communication Research and Media Policy--Victor Pickard

The Toronto School: Cross-Border Encounters, Interdisciplinary Entanglements--Michael Darroch

International Vectors in Graduate Education in Communication--David W. Park and Meghan Grosse

Latin America

Institutionalization and Internationalization of the Field of Communication Studies in Mexico and Latin America--Raul Fuentes Navarro

History of Communication Study in Brazil: The Institutionalization of an Interdisciplinary Field--Maria Immacolata Vassalo de Lopes and Richard Romancini


Building the Nation-State: Journalism and Communication Studies in China--Hu Zhengrong, Ji Deqiang, and Zhang Lei

The "Great Uncle of Dissemination": Wilbur Schramm and Communication Study in China--Chunfeng Lin and John Nerone

A History of Rhetorical Studies and Practices in Modern Japan--Junya Morooka

Observations on Journalism and Communication Education in India--Pradip Thomas

Africa and the Middle East

Trajectories of communication studies in Sub-Saharan Africa--Terje Skjerdal and Keyan Tomaselli

Communication Studies in the Arab World--Mohammad I. Ayishã

The Story of the Communication Field in Israel: Nation Building, Personal Transfer, and Growth: Anat First and Hanna Adoni
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Review quote

This is the first world history of one of the fastest growing academic fields during the last forty years - communication studies. It reveals the way in which different intellectual currents from positivism to feminism, and different world events from the Cold War to de-colonisation, have shaped this field. This is a book for communication scholars around the world, revealing where we come from, who we are, and where we are heading. James Curran, Professor of Communication, Goldsmith, University of London
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About Peter Simonson

Peter Simonson is Associate Professor in the College of Media, Communication, and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder.

David W. Park is Professor of Communication at Lake Forest College.
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