The Anthropology of News and Journalism

The Anthropology of News and Journalism : Global Perspectives

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The Anthropology of News and Journalism is the first book to explore the role of news and journalism in contemporary culture from an anthropological perspective-as a form of cultural meaning-making in its creation, content, and dissemination. Anthropology's global, comparative perspective and ethnographic methods provide powerful insights for analyzing case studies from around the world. Essays by leading scholars explore communities of professional and nonprofessional journalists. They describe news-making processes ranging from the local to the global digital environment, as well as how news is disseminated and received in a variety of cultural settings. Contributors are S. Elizabeth Bird, Amahl Bishara, Dominic C. Boyer, Dorle Drackle, Zeynep Devrim Gursel, Jennifer Hasty, Joseph C. Manzella, Kerry McCallum, Mark Pedelty, Mark Allen Peterson, Ursula Rao, Adrienne Russell, Christina Schwenkel, Jonathan Skinner, Debra Spitulnik, Maria D. Vesperi, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, and Leon I. more

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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 b&w illus.
  • 0253221269
  • 9780253221261
  • 859,832

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[Provides] an array of insights and challenging questions that will be of interest to anyone keen to move on from the traditional assumption that news is simply news.Issue 135, May 2010. -- Lawrie Zion * Media Studies, La Trobe University * [T]his volume will remain a key work of reference in the field for many years to come. It greatly enriches the media anthropological corpus and offers a range of case studies and conceptual tools that students and scholars in the anthropology of media and neighbouring fields will want to apply and develop in new contexts. * Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute * A much-needed contribution to the anthropology of mass media, S. Elizabeth Bird's edited book on news and journalism can be read as an extremely productive reevaluation of not just anthropology's contribution to the study of news, but mass media in general. 106.2011 * Anthropos * [T]he book offers fresh perspectives on the topic of the anthropology of news and journalism and it does so in a way that is both scholarly and accessible. * Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies * Provide[s] fascinating insights into the variations and continuities of news as social process in distinct cultural contexts. . . . Highly recommended. * Choice *show more

About S Elizabeth Bird

S. Elizabeth Bird is Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. She is author of The Audience in Everyday Life: Living in a Media World and editor of Dressing in Feathers: The Construction of the Indian in American Popular more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Anthropology of News and Journalism: Why Now? / S. Elizabeth BirdPart 1. Ethnography of News Production1. News Production, Ethnography, and Power: On the Challenges of Newsroom-Centricity / Karin Wahl-Jorgensen2. U.S. Newsworld: The Rule of Text and Everyday Practices of Editing the World / Zeynep Devrim Gursel3. Covering the Barrier in Bethlehem: The Production of Sympathy and the Reproduction of Difference / Amahl Bishara4. News and Myth in Venezuela: The Press and the Chavez Revolution / Joseph C. Manzella and Leon I. Yacher5. "The Camera Was My Weapon": Reporting and Representing War in Socialist Vietnam / Christina Schwenkel6. Empowerment through Local News Making: Studying the Media/Public Interface in India / Ursula Rao7. Mount Chance, Montserrat, and the Media: Global British Journalism under Local Fire / Jonathan Skinner8. Journalism as Fieldwork: Propaganda, Complicity, and the Ethics of Anthropology / Jennifer HastyPart 2. News Practices in Everyday Life9. News and Local Talk: Conversations about the "Crisis of Indigenous Violence" in Australia / Kerry McCallum10. Getting the News in New Delhi: Newspaper Literacies in an Indian Mediascape / Mark Allen Peterson11. Personal News and the Price of Public Service: An Ethnographic Window into the Dynamics of Production and Reception in Zambian State Radio / Debra Spitulnik12. Gossip and Resistance: Local News Media in Transition: A Case Study from the Alentejo, Portugal / Dorle Drackle13. Musical News: Popular Music in Political Movements / Mark PedeltyPart 3. News in the Era of New Media14. Making (Sense of) News in the Era of Digital Information / Dominic C. Boyer15. When Common Sense No Longer Holds: The Shifting Locus of News Production in the United States / Maria D. Vesperi16. and New-Media Professional Journalism Culture / Adrienne RussellWorks CitedList of Conshow more

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