INSTITUTIONAL SOURCES OF INTELLECTUAL POVERTY IN COMMUNICATION RESEARCH

@article{Peters1986INSTITUTIONALSO,
  title={INSTITUTIONAL SOURCES OF INTELLECTUAL POVERTY IN COMMUNICATION RESEARCH},
  author={John Durham Peters},
  journal={Communication Research},
  year={1986},
  volume={13},
  pages={527 - 559}
}
  • J. Peters
  • Published 1 October 1986
  • Sociology
  • Communication Research
Why has the field of communication failed to define itself, its intellectual focus, and its mission in a coherent way? This essay explores reasons for this failure, focusing especially on the institutional use of the field's central terms and concepts. Incoherence has been the price of institutional success. What defines communication's unique identity as a field is also what maintains its conceptual confusions. The field is compared to a nation-state. The essay places the field's emergence in… 
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