Complementing earlier efforts to scrutinize the uses of models in the field of media and communication studies, this volume
reassesses old perspectives and delineates new theoretical options for communication inquiry. It is the first book to undertake
a philosophical investigation of the significance of modelling in the study of the varying phenomena, processes, and practices
of communication. By homing in on the manifestations and purposes of modelling in ordinary discourses on communication as
well as in theoretical expositions, the essays collected in this book cast new light on the importance of models for communication
inquiry. This volume challenges received view of communication models as mere diagrams and opens up new paths of conceptual
inquiry in communication research.