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.
Table of Contents
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
Joseph M. Chan is Research and Emeritus Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Francis L.F. Lee is Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.