A Taxonomy of Communication Networks

Michelle Dawn Shumate, Andrew Pilny, Yannick Catouba, Jinseok Kim, Macarena Pena-Y-Lillo, Katherine R. Cooper, Ariann Sahagun, Sijia Yang

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Communication network research is increasingly being used across the communication discipline. However, most social network research is limited n its generalizability because it focuses on either a single network case or ego-centric network data. In order to generate knowledge across network studies, a mechanism is needed to synthesize. This chapter presents a taxonomy of communication relations, differentiating between communication flow, affinity, representational, and semantic networks. Then, it demonstrates the utility of the taxonomy for synthesizing network research by reviewing 139 studies in communication journals, focusing on the antecedents, outcomes, and processes of each type of network.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-123
Number of pages29
JournalAnnals of the International Communication Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013

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    Shumate, M. D., Pilny, A., Catouba, Y., Kim, J., Pena-Y-Lillo, M., Cooper, K. R., Sahagun, A., & Yang, S. (2013). A Taxonomy of Communication Networks. Annals of the International Communication Association, 37(1), 95-123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23808985.2013.11679147