A comparative approach to media and communication research plays an important, if not indispensable, role in achieving a core mission of researchers: to delimit the generality and specificity of media and communication theories, enabling researchers to more readily identify the influence of social, political and cultural contexts in shaping media and communication phenomena. To de-Westernize and internationalize media and communication studies has thus become the way forward for overcoming the parochialism of mainstream media and communication studies. This volume reflects on what comparative media and communication research has achieved or failed to achieve, the epistemological and theoretical challenges it is facing, and the new directions in which it should be heading.
"Comparative communication research is vitally important in an age of media globalisation. This edited collection provides a major contribution to the field, extending it to a transnational level and to the age of mobile media and big data." --Terry Flew, Professor of Media and Communication, Queensland University of Technology
"This anthology gains its tremendous potency and relevance in responding to the urgent and mushrooming interest in comparative communication studies under the aegis of ever-increasing dialogues between different civilizations. The choice of cutting-edge topics and contributors from both the West and the Rest would guarantee its adaptability into different classroom and scholastic contexts, thereby opening up a truly global horizon for media and communication pedagogy and research." --SHI, Anbin, Ministry of Education’s Changjiang Endowment Professor of Global Media and Communication, Tsinghua University, China
Joseph M. Chan & Francis L. F. Lee
1. Mapping Comparative Communication Research: What the Literature Reveals
Clement Y. K. So
2. Can We Compare Media Systems?
3. Mapping Comparative Research on Television Foreign News
4. The Unbearable Lightness of Communication for Development and Social Change
5. Comparative Guanxi Research Following the Commensurability/Incommensurability (C/I) Model
Georgette Wang and Christine Y. H. Huang
6. Beyond Positivism of Big Data Analysis – Towards Discursive Geographies and The ‘Reflexive’ Interdependence of Communicative Relations
7. Thinking Through the City: A Comparative, Ecological And Globally-Oriented Approach
8. Broadening Conceptions of Mobile and its Social Dynamics
William H. Dutton, Frank Hangler, and Ginette Law
9. The Global-Local Communication Synchronization: China’s Response to the SARS Outbreak and the Air Pollution Crisis
Joseph M. Chan and Zhifei Mao
10. Domestication of Foreign News Considered Comparatively: Variable Applications and Relationships with Audience Interests
Francis L.F. Lee
11. Cultural Capital and Affect at Work: A Case Study of the Korean and Chinese TV Drama Meteor Shower
Anthony Fung and Keysook Choe
12. Research Network and Comparative Communication Studies: Practice and Reflections
Joseph M. Chan
Through publishing comparative and region-specific studies, this series aims to bring Asian, Latin American, African, and Middle Eastern media and cultural studies scholarship to the English speaking world and--in addition-- to promote cutting edge research on the globalization of media, culture, and communication.