Blackwell International Encyclopedia ofCommunication 12 Vol Set
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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.
  • A ground-breaking collection of nearly 1,350 original entries within a 12 volume set, spanning the scholarship, evidence, and methodology of communication research
  • Jointly published by Wiley Blackwell and the prestigious International Communication Association (ICA)
  • Newly-commissioned entries divided into 29 editorial areas representing major fields of inquiry within communication, each of which is headed by a leading expert in their respective field
  • Editorial areas include: communication theory and philosophy, interpersonal communication, journalism, intercultural and intergroup communication, media effects, strategic communication/PR, communication and media law and policy, media systems in the world, and communication and technology
  • Spans the breadth of communication studies, including coverage of theories, media and communication phenomena, research methods, problems, concepts, and geographical areas within this dynamic and interdisciplinary field
  • Written and edited by an international team of the world’s best scholars and teachers, with new entries added and revisions made each year until 2015
  • Reader-friendly A-Z entries ranging from extended explorations of major topics to short descriptions of key concepts, with sophisticated cross-referencing and search facilities, lexicon by subject area, and a comprehensive index

12 Volumes


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.





Entries in alphabetical order (each volume A-E / F-K / etc) including cross references and further reading and ranging from 500-6000 words per entry.

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“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 publishers to Blackwell. We did that primarily because Blackwell's 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 Blackwell 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 Blackwell 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