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Classified News Consumption: A Bourdieusian Take on Fragmented News Publics
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Media and Communication Studies. (Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6689-0710
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper posits the issue of the increased fragmentation of news consumers as part of an overarching shift from mass media to “class media”. To this end, the sociological thinking of Pierre Bourdieu, and the notion that media consumption is conditioned by one’s social position, is particularly useful. Generally, previous research fail to account for news fragmentation as included in processes that uphold relations of power between different, more or less privileged, groups in society. In terms of news consumption, one such instance of social reproduction is that news diets become avenues for “legitimating social differences” as the media landscape diversifies. The purpose of this paper is to study this empirically by focusing on how young people with different sets and volumes of capital orient themselves in a diversifying news landscape. More specifically, the paper asks about the role of capital and habitus in relation to news related attitudes (for example what is considered newsworthy or what sense one makes of the news outlet) and behaviors (such as news avoidance). The paper will draw on focus group interviews to be conducted in the spring of 2015.

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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-37497OAI: diva2:846440
NordMedia 2015 "Nedia presence - Mobile Modernities" Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen, 13-15 August 2015
Available from: 2015-08-17 Created: 2015-08-17 Last updated: 2016-07-04Bibliographically approved

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