A comparative approach to media and communication research plays an important, if not indispensable, role in achieving a core mission of researchers: to delimit the generality and specificity of media and communication theories, enabling researchers to more readily identify the influence of social, political and cultural contexts in shaping media and communication phenomena. To de-Westernize and internationalize media and communication studies has thus become the way forward for overcoming the parochialism of mainstream media and communication studies. This volume reflects on what comparative media and communication research has achieved or failed to achieve, the epistemological and theoretical challenges it is facing, and the new directions in which it should be heading.

chapter |11 pages


chapter 1|24 pages

Mapping Comparative Communication Research

What the Literature Reveals 1

chapter 2|27 pages

Can We Compare Media Systems?

chapter 6|15 pages

Beyond Positivism of Big Data Analysis

Toward Discursive Geographies and the ‘Reflexive’ Interdependence of Communicative Relations

chapter 7|14 pages

Thinking through the City

A Comparative, Ecological, and Globally Oriented Approach

chapter 9|33 pages

The Global–Local Communication Synchronization

China’s Response to the SARS Outbreak and the Air Pollution Crisis

chapter 10|20 pages

Domestication of Foreign News Considered Comparatively

Variable Applications and Relationships with Audience Interests

chapter 11|17 pages

Cultural Capital and Affect at Work

A Case Study of the Korean and Chinese TV Drama Meteor Shower 1

chapter 12|16 pages

Research Network and Comparative Communication Studies

Practice and Reflections