The International Encyclopedia of Communication, Volume 1

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Wolfgang Donsbach
Wiley, Apr 28, 2008 - Reference - 5694 pages
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The International Encyclopedia of Communication represents the definitive reference work in this interdisciplinary and dynamic field. This authoritative twelve-volume set is jointly published by Wiley-Blackwell and the International Communication Association (ICA), the leading academic association of the discipline in the world.
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Edited by Donsbach (communication & founding director, dept. of communication, Dresden Univ. of Technology, Germany), this impressive 12-volume set is published simultaneously in print and online by ... Read full review


List of All Entries by Editorial Area Volume I only
Notes on Editors and Contributors Volume I only
Preface and Acknowledgments Volume I only
Introduction Volume I only
Academy Awards Avatars and Agents
Communication Professions and Academic Research

About the author (2008)

Wolfgang Donsbach is Professor of Communication and founding director of the Department of Communication at Dresden University of Technology, Germany.
He received his PhD and his postdoctoral dissertation at the University of Mainz. Prior to his current position he taught at the universities of Dortmund, Mainz, and Berlin. 1989/90 he was a fellow at the Gannett Center for Media Studies, Columbia University, New York, 1999 Lombard Visiting Professor at Harvard University. From 1995 to 1996 he was president of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) and from 2004 to 2005 president of the International Communication Association (ICA).
Donsbach is managing editor of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research and serves on the editorial boards of Communication Theory, Political Communication, The Harvard International Journal Press/Politics, JAVNOST The Public, and Communication. His main research interests are in journalism, political communication, and exposure to communication. He has published or edited 13 books and over 100 articles in academic journals.

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