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Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field is an exciting new text which builds on and extends Pierre Bourdieu's impassioned critique of our media-saturated culture.

Presenting for the first time in English the work of influential scholars who worked with or were influenced by Bourdieu, this volume is the one and only book for Anglophone scholars seeking a more detailed elaboration of field theory in relation to the mass media.

In his short book 'On Television', Bourdieu provided a powerful critique of the 'journalistic field', but what exactly does he mean by this? How does the journalistic field relate to external economic and political pressures? And what kind of autonomy can, or should, journalists expect to maintain?

Such questions are taken up in case studies of such diverse phenomena as media coverage of the AIDS-contaminated blood scandal in France, U.S. youth media activism, and political interview shows on both sides of the Atlantic. Chapters by both American and French scholars also demonstrate methods for measuring field autonomy and spatially mapping journalistic fields, or discuss the similarities and differences between field theory, new institutionalism, hegemony, and differentiation theory. Rejecting all forms of dogmatism, the authors in this volume demonstrate why field theory remains a "work in progress," and indeed, a research paradigm whose promise has only begun to be tapped.

The book includes an important and hitherto unpublished text by Pierre Bourdieu, 'Fields of Journalism, Social Science and Politics', and contributions from Rodney Benson, Patrick Champagne, Eric Darras, Julien Duval, Daniel Hallin, Eric Klinenberg, Dominique Marchetti, Erik Neveu, and Michael Schudson.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The French sociologist is already making a significant impact inmedia studies and his approach, as illustrated in this volume,represents one of the most sophisticated sociological approaches tojournalism research."
British Journal of Sociology

"These excellent detailed studies, when combined with a veryclear introductory essay by Benson and Neveu, and an accessible,previously untranslated 1995 lecture by Bourdieu himself make thiswithout question an important and useful volume."
Theory and Society

"A concise and thought-provoking starting point for the furtherscholarly and public discussion of the structural limitations aswell as potential for change inherent in contemporaryjournalism."
Social Anthropology

"Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field places journalism squarelyback in the sociological imagination. Deftly examining theintersections journalism cohabits with politics, economics,education, and activism, it uses the work of Bourdieu to considerjournalism as a sociological phenomenon. Required reading for thosewho want to better understand modern journalism in complexsocieties."
Barbie Zelizer, University of Pennsylvania

"Timely and informative, this book builds a valuable bridgebetween social theory and journalism. Bourdieu opens up analysis ofthe journalistic field, but the contributors to this volume alsoimprove our understanding of how to put Bourdieu’ssociological approach to work."
Craig Calhoun, New York University

"The book is a valuable contribution to the formation anddevelopment of the field theory of journalism."
Anna Horolets, Warsaw School of Social Psychology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745633879
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/24/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Rodney Benson teaches at New York University.

Erik Neveu is affiliated with the Institut d'EtudesPolitiques de Rennes.

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Table of Contents


List of Contributors.

Chapter 1 Introduction: Field Theory as a work inProgress - Rodney Benson and Erik Neveu.


Chapter 2 The Political Field, The Social Science Field,and the Journalistic Field - Pierre Bourdieu.

Chapter 3 The Double Dependency: The Journalistic FieldBetween Politics and Markets - Patrick Champagne.

Chapter 4 Sub-Fields of Specialized Journalism -Dominique Marchetti.


Chapter 5 Mapping Field Variation: Journalism in Franceand the United States - Rodney Benson.

Chapter 6 The Contaminated Blood Scandal: ReframingMedical News - Patrick Champagne and Dominique Marchetti.

Chapter 7 Economic Journalism in France - JulienDuval.

Chapter 8 Media Consercration of the Political Order -Eric Durras.

Chapter 9 Channeling into the Journalistic Field: YouthActivism and the Media Justice Movement - Eric Klinenberg.


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: FieldTheory and Differentiation Theory - Daniel C. Hallin.

Select Bibliography.


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