Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field

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Rodney Benson, Erik Neveu
Polity, Jan 14, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 267 pages
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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 The book includes an important andhitherto unpublished text by Pierre Bourdieu, 'Fields ofJournalism, Social Science and Politics', and contributions fromRodney Benson, Patrick Champagne, Eric Darras, Julien Duval,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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Contents

Field Theory as a Work in Progress
1
The Political Field the Social Science Field and the Journalistic Field
29
The Journalistic Field Between Politics and Markets
48
Subfields of Specialized Journalism
64
Journalism in France and the United States
85
Reframing Medical News
113
Economic Journalism In France
135
Media Consecration of the Political Order
156
Youth Activism and the Media Justice Movement
174
Bourdieu the Frankfurt School and Cultural Studies
195
Autonomy from What?
214
Field Theory Differentiation Theory and Comparative Media Research
224
Select Bibliography
244
Index
248
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Rodney Benson teaches at New York University.

Erik Neveu is affiliated with the Institut d′Etudes Politiques de Rennes.

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