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What is the Difference between Cross-National Comparisons and Semi-Comparative Work?: The Example of Swedish-Ugandan Climate Change Communication Research
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Media and Journalism)
Journalism and Communication Department, Makerere University, Uganda.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Development and Communication Studies, ISSN 2305-7432, Vol. 4, no 1, 33-48 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This methodological article presents the research approach of semi-comparisons and describes how it could be applied in the field of media and communication studies. The point of departure is that cross-national collaborations do not necessarily always have to result in full-fledged comparative studies, but can "go halfway", i.e. stay at the semi-comparative level. This is exemplified in terms of an ongoing long-term collaboration between Swedish and Ugandan researchers, focusing on sustainable communication involving the role of media as a provider of relevant information in the case of the climate change issue. The semi-comparative approach – here characterized by: 1) cross-national research connectivity, 2) activities in which one "puts one’s own nation in a wider context" and 3) spontaneous, cross-national research influences – enables the generation of knowledge about the universalism and particularism within the dimensions of mediated climate communication, which would not have been possible with a regular cross-national comparative study.

© Journal of Development and Communication Studies, 2015

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
African Journals Online , 2015. Vol. 4, no 1, 33-48 p.
Keyword [en]
climate change, media, cross-national comparative research, semi-comparative approach, sustainable communication, universalism, particularism
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Social Sciences Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-44886DOI: 10.4314/jdcs.v4i1.3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-44886DiVA: diva2:820975
Projects
Exploring Communication Strategies for Enhancing Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Lake Victoria Basin in Uganda
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Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Available from: 2015-06-13 Created: 2015-06-13 Last updated: 2017-03-02Bibliographically approved

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