The Handbook of Comparative Communication Research: 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The Handbook of Comparative Communication Research

1st Edition

Edited by Frank Esser, Thomas Hanitzsch


546 pages

Look Inside
Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9780415802758
pub: 2012-03-19
SAVE ~$25.00
Hardback: 9780415802710
pub: 2012-04-02
SAVE ~$60.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9780203149102
pub: 2013-06-19
from $62.50

FREE Standard Shipping!


The Handbook of Comparative Communication Research aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of comparative communication research. It fills an obvious gap in the literature and offers an extensive and interdisciplinary discussion of the general approach of comparative research, its prospect and problems as well as its applications in crucial sub-fields of communications. The first part of the volume charts the state of the art in the field; the second section introduces relevant areas of communication studies where the comparative approach has been successfully applied in recent years; the third part offers an analytical review of conceptual and methodological issues; and the last section proposes a roadmap for future research.

Table of Contents


Jay G. Blumler


1 On the Why and How of Comparative Inquiry in Communication Studies

Frank Esser and Thomas Hanitzsch


2 Comparing Political Communication

Barbara Pfetsch and Frank Esser

3 Comparing Organizational and Business Communication

Bernard McKenna, Victor J. Callan, and Cindy Gallois

4 Comparing Development Communication

Jan Servaes

5 Comparing Computer-Mediated Communication

Kevin B. Wright and Joshua Averbeck

6 Comparing Visual Communication

Marion G. Müller and Michael Griffin

7 Comparing Intercultural Communication

Young Yun Kim

8 Comparing Language and Social Interaction

David Boromisza-Habashi and Susana Martínez-Guillem

9 Comparing Gender and Communication

Gertrude J. Robinson and Patrice M. Buzzanell

10 Comparing Health Communication

John C. Pollock and Douglas Storey


11 Comparing Media Systems

Jonathan Hardy

12 Comparing Media Systems: A Response to Critics

Daniel C. Hallin and Paolo Mancini

13 Comparing Media Policy and Regulation

Manuel Puppis and Leen d’Haenens

14 Comparing Media Markets

Robert G. Picard and Loris Russi

15 Comparing Media Cultures

Nick Couldry and Andreas Hepp

16 Comparing Journalism Cultures

Thomas Hanitzsch & Wolfgang Donsbach

17 Comparing Public Relations

Katerina Tsetsura and Anna Klyueva

18 Comparing Election Campaign Communication

Frank Esser and Jesper Strömbäck

19 Comparing News on National Elections

Frank Esser and Jesper Strömbäck

20 Comparing News on Europe: Elections and Beyond

Claes H. de Vreese and Hajo G. Boomgaarden

21 Comparing News on Foreign and International Affairs

Pamela J. Shoemaker, Akiba Cohen, Hyunjin Seo and Philip Johnson

22 Comparing Cross-border Information Flows and their Effects

Pippa Norris

23 Comparing Entertainment and Emotions

Holger Schramm and Mary Beth Oliver

24 Comparing Media Use and Reception

Uwe Hasebrink

25 Comparing Effects of Political Communication

Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck


26 Challenges to Comparative Research in a Globalizing Media Landscape

Sonia Livingstone

27 Comparative Research Designs: Toward a Multilevel Approach

Jack M. McLeod and Nam-Jin Lee

28 Comparative Survey Research

Janet A. Harkness

29 Comparative Content Analysis

Patrick Roessler

30 Securing Equivalence: Problems and Solutions

Werner Wirth and Steffen Kolb

31 Analyzing Comparative Data: Opportunities and Challenges

Rens Vliegenthart


32 Challenges and Perspectives of Comparative Communication Inquiry

Thomas Hanitzsch and Frank Esser

Notes on Contributors

About the Editors

Thomas Hanitzsch is Professor of Communication at the Institute of Communication Studies and Media Research, University of Munich, Germany. A former journalist, his teaching and research focuses on global journalism cultures, war coverage, celebrity news and comparative methodology. He has authored and edited five books, and his work has been published in major communication journals and edited volumes. Thomas is currently Editor-in-Chief of Communication Theory, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Journalism Studies Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). He is currently leading the Worlds of Journalism Study, a massive multinational survey of journalists, and is involved in several other comparative projects.

Frank Esser (PhD 1997, University of Mainz) is Professor and Chair of International & Comparative Media Research in the Department of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich. He was assistant professor of mass communication at the University of Mainz and the University of Missouri-Columbia, and visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma. His research focuses on cross-national studies of news journalism and political communication. He has published five books including Comparing Political Communication: Theories, Cases, and Challenges (Cambridge University Press, 2004), and sixty book chapters and journal articles. Frank is on the editorial boards of Journalism and The International Journal of Press/Politics, and serves as Vice Chair of the Journalism Division of the International Communication Association (ICA). In Zurich he is co-director of the NCCR Democracy, a National Center of Competence in Research funded by the Swiss Science Foundation, to study the impact of globalization and mediatization on Western democracies.

About the Series

ICA Handbook Series

The ICA Handbook Series is a joint venture between the International Communication Association and Routledge. It is a series of scholarly handbooks that represent the interests of ICA members and help to further the association’s goals of promoting theory and research in the communication discipline.

These handbooks serve as benchmark summaries of current communication scholarship and set the agenda for future theory and research in the communication discipline. The series includes handbooks that consider content areas in communication research, methodological approaches to communication research, and theoretical lenses for scholarship in communication. The series volumes attempt to cross sub-disciplinary boundaries to address timely problems of international scope, not just representing different areas of the field but bringing them together to focus on intersecting problems and research interests. Such problems may be formulated as topical concerns (globalization; democracy; gaming and virtual environments; gender and sexuality), theoretical approaches (social cognition; critical studies), or matters of communication in general (communication theory across cultures; communication history).

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies