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: ÃÂ«Strictly speakingÃÂ», James Carey wrote, ÃÂ«there is no history of mass communication research.ÃÂ» This volume is a long-overdue response to CareyÃ¢ÂÂs comment about the fieldÃ¢ÂÂs ignorance of its own past. The collection includes essays of historiographical self-scrutiny, as well as new histories that trace the fieldÃ¢ÂÂs institutional evolution and cross-pollination with other academic disciplines. The volume treats the remembered past of mass communication research as crucial terrain where boundaries are marked off and futures plotted. The collection, intended for scholars and advanced graduate students, is an essential compass for the field.