Ferments in the Field: Introductory Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of Communication Studies

A Special Issue by Christian Fuchs, published by Journal of Communication

by Christian Fuchs and Jack Linchuan Qiu

Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 219–232, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqy008

Journal of Communication (JoC) published its special issue “Ferment in the Field” in 1983 (vol. 33, no. 3). Thirty-five years later there still is a great interest in discussing the origins, current state, and prospects of our field. This special issue titled Ferments in the Field: The Past, Present and Future of Communication Studies presents 20 articles, plus this introduction, with the intention to assess the field and provoke discussions about the status of communication studies. This introductory article provides an overview of the contributions and discusses major trends in communication studies that have shaped the field since the original “ferment” issue. They include: (a) communication studies on a global scale, (b) researching communication in the fast-changing digital media environment, (c) the importance of critical communication studies, (d) the new critical and materialist turn, and (e) praxis communication and ways to address power imbalance in knowledge production.

Contents of the edition:

Editorial

Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 219–232, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqy008

Original articles

Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 233–242, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqx021
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 243–253, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqx017
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 254–266, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqy003
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 267–277, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqy004
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 278–288, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqx014
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 289–297, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqx013
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 309–317, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqx016
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 318–326, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqy002
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 327–336, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqx012
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 337–346, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqx024
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 347–358, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqx025
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 359–368, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqx023
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 369–379, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqx022
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 380–389, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqx020
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 390–398, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqx026
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 399–414, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqx018
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 415–423, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqx011
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 424–440, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqx015
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 441–451, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqy001
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Book reviews

Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages E1–E3, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqy005
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages E4–E7, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqy010
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Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages E8–E10, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqy012
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Christian Fuchs

About

Christian Fuchs is Professor at, and the Director of, the Communication and Media Research Institute. He is also Director of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies.

His fields of expertise are critical digital & social media studies, Internet & society, political economy of media and communication, information society theory, social theory and critical theory.

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Date
18th April 2018
Published By
Journal of Communication
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