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Katz, E. (1987) “Communications Research Since Lazarsfeld,” Public Opinion Quarterly, 51 (50th Anniversary Supplement), S25-S45.

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It's time to ask what happened to what Lazarsfeld and Stanton (1944:vii) casually called' 'the discipline of communications research." Much of the history of this enterprise, discipline or not, can be written as a set of continuing arguments with Paul Lazarsfeld. Far from subsiding, these arguments have become more pointed in the last decade.


Date Posted: 06 April 2011

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