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Title: Studying the Sociology of Journalists: The Journalistic Field and the News World
Authors: Dickinson, Roger Denis
First Published: Sep-2008
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Sociology Compass, 2008, 2 (5), pp. 1383-1399
Abstract: This article makes a case for a socially situated and theoretically sophisticated approach to the sociological study of journalists. This is urgently needed for us to understand the increasingly complex news production environment and the rapidly evolving nature of journalistic practice. Two theoretical approaches to studying the sociology of journalists are outlined and discussed. The first is a development of Pierre Bourdieu’s field theory; the second – the ‘news world’ approach – emerges from the social worlds approach commonly associated with Howard S. Becker. Each approach on its own shows considerable promise for the analysis of the increasingly complex news media environment. The article concludes that the journalistic field and the news world approaches could be combined to create a new framework for the sociological study of journalism that would provide a way forward for the important empirical research on journalists that is now needed.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1751-9020.2008.00144.x
eISSN: 1751-9020
Type: Journal Article
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