Distinctive Qualities in Communication Research

By Donal Carbaugh, Patrice M. Buzzanell

© 2009 – Routledge

120 pages

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About the Book

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

About the Authors

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 (Ph.D., Purdue University) is Professor and the W. Charles and Ann Redding Faculty Fellow in the Department of Communication at Purdue University. Her primary interest is in organizational communication, specializing in career, leadership, and work-life issues. Recipient of numerous research, teaching, mentoring, and service awards including NCA's Francine Merritt Award and OSCLG's Teacher-Mentor Award, Buzzanell has served as President of the International Communication Association and of the Council of Communication Associations. She teaches in Purdue’s Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program and currently serves on 13 editorial boards.

Subject Categories

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