News Media as a “Journalistic Field”: What Bourdieu Adds to New Institutionalism, and Vice Versa

  title={News Media as a “Journalistic Field”: What Bourdieu Adds to New Institutionalism, and Vice Versa},
  author={Rodney Benson},
  journal={Political Communication},
  pages={187 - 202}
  • R. Benson
  • Published 1 July 2006
  • Sociology
  • Political Communication
Bourdieu's field theory and the new institutionalism of Cook and Sparrow are similar in that they call for a new unit of analysis for journalism studies: between the individual news organization and the society as a whole, the “mezzo-level” interorganizational and professional environment of the field/institution. Bourdieu's focus on competition and difference, rooted in processes of cultural and economic class distinctions both among audiences and cultural producers, supplements the new… 

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