1st Edition

The Handbook of Comparative Communication Research

Edited By Frank Esser, Thomas Hanitzsch Copyright 2012
    568 Pages
    by Routledge

    566 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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.