1st Edition

Distinctive Qualities in Communication Research

ISBN 9780415990264
Published July 21, 2009 by Routledge
136 Pages

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Book Description

This timely volume provides an in-depth look at why the field of communication is so central in initiatives for social impact around the world. In Distinctive Qualities in Communication Research, editors Donal Carbaugh and Patrice M. Buzzanell bring together scholars with varied and productive approaches to communication to address the question of what distinguishes communication research from similar studies in other disciplines. Each contributor responds to the question: "What makes your research communication research? How does your program of inquiry treat communication not simply as data, but as its primary theoretical concern?" Their responses are the heart of this book.

The questions addressed and answered herein define the qualities that set research in communication apart from work in related fields, such as social psychology, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, and psychology. The book begins and ends by looking across these studies generally, bringing into view not only the specific possibilities in the study of communication today, but also what such study contributes generally to understanding human problems, social relations, and communities.

This volume provides an invaluable resource for graduate students beginning their study in communication; academics needing to define the distinctive contributions that communication research makes; and administrators who want to understand the scope and breadth of work in communication. It provides an invaluable resource for defining the role of communication research in the academic community and the contributions it makes to the study of human interaction.

Table of Contents


Robert Craig


An Introduction to Some Distinctive Qualities in Communication Research

Patrice Buzzanell & Donal Carbaugh


Distinctive Qualities in Communication Research: A Dialogic Approach to Interpersonal/Family Communication

Leslie A. Baxter


The Promise of Communication in Large-Scale, Community-Based Research

Michael Hecht


Politically Attentive Relational Constructionism (PARC): Making a Difference in a Pluralistic, Interdependent World

Stanley Deetz


The Importance of Communication Science in Addressing Core Problems in Public Health

Joseph N. Cappella and Robert Hornik


Researching Culture in Contexts of Social Interaction: An Ethnographic Approach, a Network of Scholars, and Illustrative Moves

Gerry Philipsen


Reflections on Distinctive Qualities in Communication Research

Donal Carbaugh and Patrice Buzzanell


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Donal Carbaugh is Professor of Communication and Chair of the International Studies Council (2004-present) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His most recent book, Cultures in Conversation, was designated the Outstanding Book of the Year by the International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Focusing on indigenous, environmental, and cultural issues, he has served as Fulbright’s Distinguished Professor and Bicentennial Chair at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and has enjoyed lecturing about the distinctive qualities of communication research around the world.

Patrice M. Buzzanell is professor in the Department of Communication at Purdue University where she earned her Ph.D. in organizational communication. Her research interests center on feminist organizational communication theorizing and the construction of gendered workplace identities, interactions, and structures, particularly as they relate to career processes and outcomes. For her edited book, Rethinking Organizational and Managerial Communication from Feminist Perspectives (Sage, 2000), she received the Central States Communication Association’s Theory Book Award in 2002. She also earned the W. Charles Redding Dissertation Award from the International Communication Association in 1988. She has been highly involved in ICA and NCA, as well as the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender. She will become president of ICA in 2010.