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What is Journalism?: The Art and Politics of a Rupture

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  • What is Journalism?: The Art and Politics of a Rupture 
    Title: What is Journalism?: The Art and Politics of a Rupture
    Author: NASH CHRIS
    Format: HARDCOVER
    Publication date: 17/10/2016
    Price: $69.99
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    This is a deeply provocative and original book. It argues that journalism should treat itself academically as a discipline on a par with history, geography and sociology, and as an art form in its own right. Time, space, social relations and creative communication are intrinsic to journalism.

    Chris Nash takes the major flaws attributed to journalism – a crude empiricism driven by an un-reflexive ‘news sense’, a narrow focus on a de-contextualised, transient present, and a too intimate familiarity with powerful sources – and treats them as methodological challenges. Drawing on the conceptual frameworks of Gaye Tuchman, Pierre Bourdieu, David Harvey, Henri Lefebvre, Michel-Rolph Trouillot, and Sergei Tretiakov, he explores the ways in which rigorous journalism practice can be theorised to meet these challenges.

    The argument proceeds through detailed case studies of work by two leading iconoclasts – the artist Hans Haacke and the 20th century journalist I.F. Stone. It concludes that the academic understanding of journalism is fifty years behind their practice, and it is long past time for scholars and practitioners to think about journalism as a rigorous disciplinary research practice.

    ISBN: 9781137399335
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