Timothy Stephen, of the Department of Language, Literature & Communication at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY Has Engaged in a Project to Examine the Structure and Distribution of Communication Related Literature in Gender, Feminism and Women's Studies

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Timothy Stephen, of the Department of Language, Literature & Communication at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY has engaged in a project to examine the structure and distribution of communication related literature in gender, feminism and women's studies. The paper is being reviewed for publication, but in the meantime, we include here an abstract. The current draft of the completed paper can be seen at http://www.llc.rpi.edu/people/stephen/gender.htm

Abstract: Concept Analysis of Gender, Feminist, and Women's Studies Research in the Communication Literature

In recent decades a distinctive literature has accumulated discussing the role of gender, feminism, and women's studies-related research (GFWS) in the communication field; however, questions have persisted about how this research is represented in the field's publications. This article sketches the history of the GFWS literature in a field test of a concept mapping technique that tracks patterns of publication and isolates conceptual associations within the titles of GFWS articles. The data for the study were significant concepts extracted from titles of 31,500 articles appearing in 70 communication journals and annuals within the period 1970 to 1997. …