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Deadline: 31 July 2020

Editorial Information

Guest Editor:
Dr. Kehbuma Langmia, Howard University


Howard Journal of Communication

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Theorizing Beyond the West

This special issue deals primarily with the ambiguity of enforcing and/or deemphasizing western communication theories on non-western communication research projects. Min-Sun (2002) has affirmed that “communication theory has western bias” (p. 1). Therefore, there is need for promoting non-western communication theories as framework for research. By also pushing scholars who wish to test and examine theories that have no direct correlation with phenomena that is rooted in the west to employ non-western communication theories we are not falling prey to Min-Sun’s conclusion.

Articles for this special edition will focus on western and non-western communication theories and their unholy marriage when examining communication related problems that are beyond the boundaries of western countries. 

Papers for this edition shall be empirical with qualitative and quantitative research approaches. Authors seeking to take part in this project could use a combination of western driven and non-western theoretical lens to posit a position. Our aim is to provide an alternative trajectory for theory building that will benefit our research students as well as our various research endeavors. Papers should be no longer than 7000 words and should adhere to the journal’s style guideline. Please indicate, at submission, that paper is for the special issue on : “Theorizing Beyond the West.”

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Papers should be submitted via the ScholarOne Manuscript system of the journal for blind peer review. The deadline for submission of papers is July 31, 2020.

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