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Communication Research at the Global Level: A Social and Semantic Network Analysis of International Communication Association

Presenter: George Barnett

Jan 12, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

Kerr Hall 386

AuthorsKe Jiang; George Barnett

Presenter: George Barnett

Title: Communication Research at the Global Level: A Social and Semantic Network Analysis of International Communication Association

Abstract: This talk describes a social and semantic network analysis that studied the structure of communication research on the global level by examining the relations among the International Communication Association’s divisions and interest groups, the scholars’ countries of origin, and the concepts used in the titles of conference papers between 2013 and 2016. Also, it will describe the differences in the structures of joint membership networks of ICA divisions and interest groups between 1991, 2005, and 2016. The results indicate that the structure of ICA has changed little over the last 25 years despite the addition of new divisions and interest groups that enriched the scale of the discipline’s research. Geographically, over the period of 2013 to 2016, three centers of communication studies have emerged. They are the United States, China, and the European countries with Germany and the United Kingdom as the two axes. Specifically, the United States has the most authors and co-authorship with other nations. Communication in the United States is the most comprehensive and diverse. China has become the East Asian center for the study of communication technology, environmental communication, and mobile communication. While Germany focuses more on the studies of political and mass communication, the United Kingdom paid more attention to journalism and communication theory.

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