On the Why and How of Comparative Inquiry in Communication Studies

Authored by: Frank Esser , Thomas Hanitzsch

Handbook of Comparative Communication Research

Print publication date:  April  2012
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415802710
eBook ISBN: 9780203149102
Adobe ISBN: 9781136514241


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Two decades ago, Blumler, McLeod, and Rosengren (1992) characterized comparative research as the communication field’s “extended and extendable frontier” (p. 3). Comparative communication research was found to be “increasingly active, wide-ranging, and productive but also rather probing and preliminary” (p. 4).

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