The authors would like to thank Bob Cox for his assistance, which made possible this research, and Ronald E. Rice and Clement So for their comments on earlier drafts of this article. Requests for reprints should be addressed to George A. Barnett, Department of Communication, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14261.
The Structure of Communication
A Network Analysis of the International Communication Association
Article first published online: 17 MAR 2006
Human Communication Research
Volume 19, Issue 2, pages 264–285, December 1992
How to Cite
BARNETT, G. A. and DANOWSKI, J. A. (1992), The Structure of Communication. Human Communication Research, 19: 264–285. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2958.1992.tb00302.x
- Issue published online: 17 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 17 MAR 2006
The structure of the discipline of Communication is examined using the frequency of joint memberships in the International Communication Association's divisions and interest groups. The results suggest that the structure is more complex than previously suggested by bibliometric research. There are at least two dimensions that differentiate the divisions/interest groups. As reported in the bibliometric literature, one is a dimension that separates the mass media and the interpersonally oriented divisions. The second differentiates the humanistic from the scientific. One method found a third dimension: theoretical to applied. Cluster analysis based on the actual number of joint memberships found three clusters: humanistic, mediated, and interpersonal. A cluster analysis that controlled for the size of the divisions/interest groups found only two: humanistic and scientific. Blockmodeling of the joint memberships identified four: humanistic, mediated, interpersonal, and information technology.