A world-systemic analysis of knowledge production in international communication and media studies: the epistemic hierarchy of research approaches Articles uri icon

publication date

  • April 2021

start page

  • 38

end page

  • 58


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  • 27

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1321-6597

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2162-7177


  • In this present paper, we analyse the geopolitical distribution of different research approaches represented by the published papers in all the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) journals in communication. The article argues that an analysis of this kind is necessary if a clear picture of the complex pattern of power relations in global knowledge production within communication scholarship is needed. Our empirical evidences show that the global core publishes theoretical and quantitative papers in a proportionally greater extent than the global periphery, but while in 1997 the centres contribution was proportionally greater in theorising and in quantitative research than the contribution of the periphery, the latter"s contribution in theorisation slightly raised by 2017.


  • global power relations; western hegemony; academic inequalities; communication scholarship