International Communication

International Communication

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International communication plays multifaceted role in the social, political, economic and cultural constellations of power. Research abounds in this dynamic field ranging from areas like international informational and cultural flows and the geopolitics of information to communication and development and the role of media and propaganda in conflict and international military interventions. This four-volume set brings together classic publications with less-accessible articles to trace the foundations and development of international communication as a field of inquiry. It reflects the growing internationalization of the field - with clearly defined volumes covering key aspects of international communication – from historical literature to regional perspectives and cultural and political writings on communication from across the globe.

Volume 1: International Communication in Context

Volume 2: Theoretical Pluralism and International Communication

Volume 3: The Political Economy of International Communication

Volume 4: Cultures of International Communication

Editor's Introduction: International Communication

In a digitally networked globe, international communication has acquired unprecedented speed and volume, as billions of messages travel every day across the world's information superhighways (Castells, 2009). The growth of media and communication studies and its increasing globalization – partly as a result of the rapid transnationalization of media and telecommunication infrastructure, industries and consumption – has transformed its research approaches and agendas. The on-line communication revolution has profoundly accelerated, widened and deepened interactions among academicians as well as the wider scholarly community, further strengthening the transnational dimension of the study of media, culture and communication (Held and McGrew, 2003; McMillin, 2007; Straubhaar, 2007; Castells, 2009; Chakravartty and Zhao, 2008; Lechner and Boli, 2012). Parallel to this change has been the ...

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