Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field

Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field

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'Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field' is an exciting new text which builds on Bourdieu's critique of our media-saturated culture. Presenting the work of influential scholars who worked with or were influenced by Bourdieu, this volume is the book for scholars seeking a more detailed elaboration of field theory in relation to the mass media.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 165 x 232 x 15mm | 432g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0745633870
  • 9780745633879
  • 516,191

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Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field is an exciting new textwhich builds on and extends Pierre Bourdieu's impassioned critiqueof our media-saturated culture. Presenting for the first time inEnglish the work of influential scholars who worked with or wereinfluenced by Bourdieu, this volume is the one and only book forAnglophone scholars seeking a more detailed elaboration of fieldtheory in relation to the mass media.


In his short book 'On Television', Bourdieu provided a powerfulcritique of the 'journalistic field', but what exactly does he meanby this? How does the journalistic field relate to externaleconomic and political pressures? And what kind of autonomy can, orshould, journalists expect to maintain? Such questions are taken upin case studies of such diverse phenomena as media coverage of theAIDS-contaminated blood scandal in France, U.S. youth mediaactivism, and political interview shows on both sides of theAtlantic. Chapters by both American and French scholars alsodemonstrate methods for measuring field autonomy and spatiallymapping journalistic fields, or discuss the similarities anddifferences between field theory, new institutionalism, hegemony, and differentiation theory. Rejecting all forms of dogmatism, theauthors in this volume demonstrate why field theory remains a "workin progress," and indeed, a research paradigm whose promise hasonly begun to be tapped. The book includes an important andhitherto unpublished text by Pierre Bourdieu, 'Fields ofJournalism, Social Science and Politics', and contributions fromRodney Benson, Patrick Champagne, Eric Darras, Julien Duval, DanielHallin, Eric Klinenberg, Dominique Marchetti, Erik Neveu, andMichael Schudson.


This will be an invaluable text for all students and scholars ofmedia and cultural studies, communication studies, sociology, orjournalism.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments. List of Contributors. Chapter 1 Introduction: Field Theory as a work in Progress - Rodney Benson and Erik Neveu. PART I: THEORETICAL ORIENTATIONS. Chapter 2 The Political Field, The Social Science Field, and the Journalistic Field - Pierre Bourdieu. Chapter 3 The Double Dependency: The Journalistic Field Between Politics and Markets - Patrick Champagne. Chapter 4 Sub-Fields of Specialized Journalism - Dominique Marchetti. PART II: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES. Chapter 5 Mapping Field Variation: Journalism in France and the United States - Rodney Benson. Chapter 6 The Contaminated Blood Scandal: Reframing Medical News - Patrick Champagne and Dominique Marchetti. Chapter 7 Economic Journalism in France - Julien Duval. Chapter 8 Media Consercration of the Political Order - Eric Durras. Chapter 9 Channeling into the Journalistic Field: Youth Activism and the Media Justice Movement - Eric Klinenberg. PART III : CRITICAL REFLECTIONS. Chapter 10 Bourdieu, the Frankfurt School and Cultural Studies: On Some Misunderstandings - Erik Neveu. Chapter 11 Autonomy from What? - Michael Schudson. Chapter 12 Two Approaches to Comparative Media Research: Field Theory and Differentiation Theory - Daniel C. Hallin. Select Bibliography. Index
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"The French sociologist is already making a significant impact in media studies and his approach, as illustrated in this volume, represents one of the most sophisticated sociological approaches to journalism research." British Journal of Sociology "These excellent detailed studies, when combined with a very clear introductory essay by Benson and Neveu, and an accessible, previously untranslated 1995 lecture by Bourdieu himself make this without question an important and useful volume." Theory and Society "A concise and thought-provoking starting point for the further scholarly and public discussion of the structural limitations as well as potential for change inherent in contemporary journalism." Social Anthropology "Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field places journalism squarely back in the sociological imagination. Deftly examining the intersections journalism cohabits with politics, economics, education, and activism, it uses the work of Bourdieu to consider journalism as a sociological phenomenon. Required reading for those who want to better understand modern journalism in complex societies." Barbie Zelizer, University of Pennsylvania "Timely and informative, this book builds a valuable bridge between social theory and journalism. Bourdieu opens up analysis of the journalistic field, but the contributors to this volume also improve our understanding of how to put Bourdieu's sociological approach to work." Craig Calhoun, New York University "The book is a valuable contribution to the formation and development of the field theory of journalism." Anna Horolets, Warsaw School of Social Psychology
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About Rodney Benson

Rodney Benson teaches at New York University. Erik Neveu is affiliated with the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Rennes.
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