Bourdieu, the media and cultural production

  title={Bourdieu, the media and cultural production},
  author={David Hesmondhalgh},
  journal={Media, Culture \& Society},
  pages={211 - 231}
This article evaluates Bourdieu’s analysis of cultural production in terms of its effectiveness for understanding contemporary media production. I begin by outlining the main features of Bourdieu’s work on cultural production, with an emphasis on the potential advantages of his historical account over other, competing work. In particular, I stress the importance of his historical account of ‘autonomy’ and of the emphasis on the interconnectedness of the field of cultural production with other… 

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