Fragmentation of the Intellectual Structure of Political Communication Study: Some Empirical Evidence
- 122 Downloads
This study applies a method of author co-citation analysis to examine the intellectual structure of political communication study. Fifty one influential authors were selected from active members of the Political Communication Divisions of the International Communication Association (ICA), the National Communication Association (NCA), and the American Political Science Association (APSA). The results of the multidimensional scaling analysis and cluster analysis of these 51 selected authors' co-citation patterns show that intellectual fragmentation exists in political communication research; scholars with different academic backgrounds exhibit specialties using particular research approaches to study certain subjects in the field; scholars do not have much information exchange, and thus they are intellectually separate and confined within the boundaries of each fragment. The findings of this quantitative study complements and cross-validates the assessment made by other traditional qualitative reviews about the field.
KeywordsCommunication Research Quantitative Study Information Exchange Multidimensional Scaling Research Approach
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 1.P. Van Den Besselaar, L. Leydesdorff, Tracking change in the structure of communication networks. (Dutch) In: Proc. 2nd Dutch Information Science Conference. Leiden: Stinfon, 1992.Google Scholar
- 2.L. Leydesdorff, P. Van Den Besselaar, Scientometrics and Communication Theory: Towards Theoretically Informed Indicators. Scientometrics, 38 (1997) 155–174.Google Scholar
- 3.R. S. Burt, Towards a structural theory of action. London: Academic Press, 1982.Google Scholar
- 4.M. Granovetter, The strength of weak ties. American Journal of Sociology, (1973) 1360–1380.Google Scholar
- 5.P. Van Den Besselaar, L. Leydesdorff, Mapping change in scientific specialties; a scientometric case study of the development of artificial intelligence. Journal of the American Society of Information Science, 47 (1996) 415–436.Google Scholar
- 6.L. Leydesdorff, The relations between qualitative theory and scientometric methods in S&T studies. Scientometrics, 15 (1989) 333–347.Google Scholar
- 7.P. Wouters, L. Leydesdorff, Has Price's Dream come through? Scientometrics, 31 (1994) 193–222.Google Scholar
- 8.D. Knoke, J. H. Kuklinsky, Network analysis. Beverly Hills: Sage, 1982.Google Scholar
- 9.P. Wouters, The citation culture. PhD thesis, University of Amsterdam, 1999.Google Scholar
- 10.E. Noyons, Mapping of Scientometrics, Informetrics, Bibliometrics. (http://sahara.fsw.leidenuniv.nl/ed/sib/home.html)Google Scholar
- 11.S. Bhattacharya, P. K. Basu, Mapping a research area at the micro level using co-word analysis. Scientometrics, 43 (1998) 359–372.Google Scholar