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On Television By Pierre Bourdieu

On Television by Pierre Bourdieu

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* Bourdieu is well known as one of the most original and influential thinkers in the social sciences. * This book is one of the only things he wrote on the media - the bulk of the text is about television and the book includes an important essay about journalism.

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On Television by Pierre Bourdieu

A surprising bestseller when it was first published in France, this little book by Pierre Bourdieu offers a brilliant critique of television and its consequences for social and political life. Rather than simply denouncing television as a misrepresentation or trivialization of the social world, Bourdieu shows that television journalists are part of a journalistic field that shapes their actions and imposes a particular vision on the public, a vision that is grounded in the very structure of the journalistic field and that, through a variety of mechanisms specific to this field, produces a general disenchantment with politics.

On Television Reviews

This unremitting assault on the impact and pretensions of television demolishes conventional arguments. Times Literary Supplement Bourdieu not only presents a damming portrait of television as a domain of instant experts - les 'fast thinkers' - dedicated to the production of sensationalism and historical amnesia, he explains why this is so. Anyone who is seriously interested in journalism must read this book. Katha Pollitt, The Nation As television became normal, so did its systematic corruption. This indispensable polemic, a little marvel of compression, is both a passionate call to resistance and a convincing account of its difficulties. Todd Gitlin, Columbia University

About Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu was professor of sociology at the College de France and Director of Studies at the Ecole des hautes etudes en science sociales.

Table of Contents

Prologue Journalism and Politics Preface Part One In Front of the Camera and Behind the Scenes Part Two Invisible Structures and Their Effects The Power of Journalism Appendix The Olympics - An Agenda for Analysis Translator's Note Bibliography Notes Index

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On Television by Pierre Bourdieu
Polity Press
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