Introduction

Inter-American Studies on Media and Communication

Authored by: Sebastian Thies , José Carlos Lozano , Sarah Corona

The Routledge Handbook to the Culture and Media of the Americas

Print publication date:  March  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138479821
eBook ISBN: 9781351064705
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351064705-24

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Abstract

The study of entanglements and flows in Inter-American mediascapes can still be considered an emergent field of studies at the interfaces of social communication, media flows, visual arts and media anthropology, which has not yet been systematically charted. This part of the volume, then, is a pioneering work in more ways than one. Each individual entry sets out to extend the reach of disciplines and academic traditions beyond national and regional bias. At present, methodological and epistemological nationalism are still prevalent in most of the academic disciplines involved in Inter-American media and communication studies; only a few scholars favor a (trans)regional or comparative approach and most of them have restricted themselves to isolated issues within their particular field of studies. This makes for a rather fragmented state of research. There are, however, three exceptions to this general tendency which prefigure our more comprehensive approach to a wide range of topics.

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