Bridging Research and Expertise: Dominant West African Trends in Communication Studies

Oumar Kane

Abstract


West Africa, in this article, is used as an analytical framework for examining communication research from a diachronic perspective. The text is based on a literature review through which the author analyzed a corpus on West African work (articles in scientific journals, grey literature, and books on African communication research). After briefly sketching scientific production trends at the continental level, the author provides a historiography of West African communication research from the 1940s onwards. The substantial contribution of the subfield of philosophy of communication and the foundational orientation that it has lent to research, especially in the 1980s, are then reviewed in greater detail. Particular attention is paid to Francophone communication and gender research. Finally, the article identifies the discernible trends guiding the future agenda of communication research.

Cet article prend l’Afrique de l’Ouest comme cadre pour analyser la recherche en
communication. Il est basé sur une revue de la littérature à travers laquelle l’auteur a étudié un corpus (articles de revues scientifiques, littérature grise et monographies) portant sur les travaux ouest-africains de recherche en communication. Après un aperçu des tendances de la production scientifique à l’échelle du continent africain, l’auteur passe en revue l’historiographie de la recherche ouest-africaine en communication et souligne l’importante contribution de la philosophie de la communication. Les thématiques, les méthodologies et l’institutionnalisation de la recherche contemporaine en communication sont précisés et une attention particulière est portée aux spécifités de la recherche francophone en communication et genre. L’article conclut en identifiant les tendances discernables quant au programme de la recherche en communication.


Keywords


Communication research; Philosophy of communication; West Africa; Critical theory

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2014v39n1a2684

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