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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Review of Communication

For a Special Issue on
The State of “Adaptation” Research

Manuscript deadline
01 April 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Stephen Croucher, Massey University
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The State of “Adaptation” Research

A key research area within communication is “adaptation.” Redfield et al. (1936), one of the first to systematically define the act of adapting to a new culture, define adaptation as “those phenomena which result when groups of individuals having different cultures come into continuous first-hand contact, with subsequent changes in the original cultural patterns of either or both groups” (p. 149). In the subsequent decades, numerous theories and models of adaptation have emerged that include among others: cultural and social assimilation, culture shock, culture marginality, the acculturation model, cross-cultural adaptation, the stress-adaptation growth model, hybridity, and cultural fusion theory, to name a few. With each of these theories there have been, and remain, numerous debates over terminology, and the affective/psychological/physical effects of “change.” The abundance of theories to describe/predict the process of change newcomers go through after arriving in a newculture demonstrates the importance of this field of inquiry.

Thus, this themed issue asks us as a discipline to explore communication and adaptation. Theoretical, methodological, empirical, review, critical, replication, and other forms of submissions are welcome. The following topics are of particular interest when considering the interdisciplinary nature of communication:

  • What is the state of “adaptation” research?
  • Case studies in adaptation, fusion, integration, acculturation, culture shock, and related constructs
  • How can interdisciplinary approaches influence our theoretical understandings?
  • New paradigms for research
  • Content analyses of adaptation, fusion, integration, acculturation, culture shock, and related constructs
  • Reviews of literature of adaptation, fusion, integration, acculturation, culture shock, and related constructs
  • Critiques of published research
  • The rhetoric of adaptation, fusion, integration, acculturation, culture shock, and related constructs

Submission Instructions

All manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word using a 12-point common font, double-spaced, no more than 6,000 words, exclusive of tables and figures. Manuscripts must be submitted in Chicago-style.

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