ABS: Hart, Interdisciplinary influences in the study of intercultural relations

Gretchen Whitney gwhitney at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Wed Jan 12 18:19:27 EST 2000

Interdisciplinary influences in the study of
intercultural relations: A citation analysis of the
International Journal of Intercultural Relations
Hart WB

author's email address: wbhart at odou.edu

23: (4) 575-589 AUG 1999

Document type: Article     Language: English     Cited
References: 23     Times Cited: 0

This article identifies the influential disciplines,
scholars and books in the interdisciplinary study of
intercultural relations. Influence is measured in
terms of the number of citations that a scholar, book,
etc. received in the International Journal of
Intercultural Relations from 1983 to 1996. According
to the citation analysis conducted, psychology is the
most influenced discipline, followed by communication,
sociology and last anthropology. The most influential
authors (in order of rank) are (1) W. Gudykunst (2) H.
Triandis (3) R. Brislin (4) B. Ruben and (5) E. T.
Hall. The Handbook of Intercultural Training,
Intercultural Communication. A Reader jail editions,
Culture's Consequence and Cross-Cultural Encounters
are among the most influential books. The results of
the present study are compared to the results of a
past survey-based study of influences in the area of
intercultural relations. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science
Ltd. All rights reserved.

Hart WB, Old Dominion Univ, Dept Commun & Theatre,
Norfolk, VA 23529 USA.
Old Dominion Univ, Dept Commun & Theatre, Norfolk, VA
23529 USA.


Quote from summary on  page 587

"As expansive as the present citation analysis is, it
is not complete. The present citation analysis of
intercultural relations literature has addressed only
one journal in athe vast field and did not include the
first six volumes of that journal. A next step should
be the inclusion of the first six volumes into a
larger citation analysis. Any further analysis should
include some of the other prominent citation sources
(e.g other journals or popular texts. Further ciation
analysis of intercultural relations literature could
move beyond tallying citation frequencies to determine
influence to other types of citation analyses (e.g
cross-citation analysis). For example, future research
questions that could be answered via cross-citation
analysis would be: What is the citation behavior
between intercultural relations scholars in the
disciplines of communcation and psychology? How often
do communication scholars cite psychology scholars and
vice versa? Is there an imbalance in cross-citations?
What would an imbalance mean?"

The author cites three  works of William J. Paisley in
the field of communication including his paper in
JASIS vo. 41:459-69, 1990 on "An Oasis where many
trails crosss: the improbable co-citation networks of
a multidiscipline."


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