An Interactive Model for Analyzing the Development of the Communication Discipline: Israel as a Case Study-David Publishing Company
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Anat First, Hanna Adoni

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Netanya Academic College, Israel Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

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Our paper presents an interactive four-dimensional model for studying the long- and short-term development of the communication discipline with Israel serving as a case study: institutional-contextual, institutional-in-field, intellectual-contextual, and intellectual-in-field. Our empirical analysis utilized personal interviews, archive documents, and statistical data. Four main processes were discerned: transition from integration to alienation between institutions of higher learning and the larger political and ideological context; a shift from Hebrew University Institute of Communication’s institutional monopoly to a multiplicity of increasingly competitive communication schools/departments; transition from intellectual hegemony to limited intellectual diversity; and gradually improving status for the communication field among social science disciplines. Our case-study analysis validated the interactive relationship among the model’s conceptual dimensions, calling for future cross-national comparisons.

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development of communication discipline, interactive model, conceptual dimensions, limited intellectual diversity, communication field in Israel

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