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Comment on “Independence, autonomy and recursivity in a journalistic field”

February 22, 2009

In his working paper “Independence, Autonomy and Recursivity in a Journalistic Field“, currently being conversed about on the Media Anthropology Network’s mailing list, Jay Gabriel says that he
will not be discussing Bourdieu´s notion of field autonomy but rather the sense of autonomy and independence reported by individual journalists. But is it possible to understand one without the other? For example, isn’t a journalist who works for a sector of the journalistic field that is under severe governmental scrutiny and pressure likely to be, both objectively and subjectively (Bourdieu), less autonomous when it comes to writing about the business of government than a journalist in a less pressurised sector of the field?

This is the question that I put to Jay Gabriel on Friday.

24 Feb 2009 update

Jay has posted here his reply to the first barrage of questions and comments, including mine.

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