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The International Encyclopedia of Communication


“Given the nature of the topic, this set offers articles that would be useful across the curriculum. Summing Up: Recommended. Libraries supporting communication departments or communication research in other fields; lower-level undergraduates and above.” (CHOICE, March 2009)

“This encyclopaedia ... .Genuinely impresses and supersedes the opposition. It’s combination of wide coverage, sensible construction, international reach, subject objectivity, and hospitality to natural language searches makes it attractive to libraries where extensive use will take place.” (Reference Reviews, January 2009)

Other works … do not match this work’s depth of scholarship. Definitive, authoritative, and scholarly, it is highly recommended for academic libraries large and small. (Library Journal)


We recently (2 yrs ago) changed publisher. We did that primarily because the publisher has a high level entrepreneurial outlook. They're willing to take at look at projects that have a bit of risk, but in the end could serve academic populations very well… since we joined with this publisher I've been brainstorming with them about numerous projects we could do that would help the world understand a little bit more about a) the communication discipline, and b) give more opportunities for our members to get their research out there so that it could be used by government, policy bodies, or by other people just interested in how people communicate. The Encyclopedia was one of those projects they agreed to take a look at. The ICA had done something very similar 20 years ago, but the whole scholar/academic world has gotten much more international, so we felt that it was time to re-do that whole project, and the publisher was willing to tackle it and work with me on establishing a good, strong editorial board.
–Michael Haley, the Executive Director of the International Communication Association

With its impressive list of contributors and comprehensive list of entries, The International Encyclopedia of Communication is an essential reference book for Communication Scholars.
–Michael X. Delli Carpini, Dean, The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

In terms of the range of themes, entries and authors, this is truly international and encyclopedic. This will remain the most comprehensive reference source in communication for years to come.
–Eddie C. Y. Kuo, Editor, Asian Journal of Communication and Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University

An extraordinary gift to our field - and to anyone interested in communication in all its aspects. Both a wise look back emphasizing continuity and a timely examination of trends, issues and concerns that reflect change. Vital for any media scholar's library.
–Everette E. Dennis, Larkin Distinguished Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Business

This vast, comprehensive and balanced Encyclopedia will remain for many decades the essential reference book for any scholar in the field of communication.
–Esteban Lopez-Escobar, Professor, University of Navarra


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