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Comparative communication research: why we really need some more fuzzy thinking

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posted on 03.12.2020, 09:13 authored by John DowneyJohn Downey
The comparative study of communication and media has made significant progress in the past 15 years or so, at least if we judge progress by the sheer quantity of comparative research now published. Methodologically speaking, comparative communication research has, however, developed largely in a quantitative direction over this time period. Qualitative methods of comparative communication research, of how best to design and conduct such research, have yet to receive sustained attention and lag behind some other fields and disciplines in the social sciences, both in terms of making comparisons over time and across space. In this feature article, I briefly make the argument that a greater engagement with qualitative methodological issues would help to make both quantitative and qualitative comparative communication research generally across its breadth and depth become more innovative, robust, and systematic.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

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  • Communication and Media

Published in

International Journal of Communication

Volume

14

Pages

5787 - 5798

Publisher

University of Southern California

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Author

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by the University of Southern California under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2020-12-01

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1932-8036

eISSN

1932-8036

Language

en

Depositor

Prof John Downey. Deposit date: 3 December 2020

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