Introduction: why use political phenomenology to analyse war reporting?

Tim Markham

in The Politics of War Reporting

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780719085284
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702642 | DOI:
Introduction: why use political phenomenology to analyse war reporting?

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This book addresses the importance of war reporting. The phenomenological premise of this book is that conscious experience of the world is not pre-given but determined by the multiple contexts in which humans are situated—material, economic, historical, social, cultural and mediated. War reporting is traditionally conceived in terms of information retrieval and processing structured according to wider cultural values such as bearing witness, giving voice and holding power to account. Pierre Bourdieu's corpus of work is strongly interdisciplinary, combining qualitative and quantitative research methodology with a theoretical framework that draws on sociology, anthropology, philosophy, political science and the history of ideas. The key concepts of Bourdieu's work are considered. His stated views on journalism are also explained. He defends the idea of esotericism in the cultural sphere. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is shown.

Keywords: war reporting; bearing witness; giving voice; holding power; Pierre Bourdieu; journalism; esotericism; political science; philosophy

Chapter.  9507 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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