Sociology of the media: towards an ideal journalistic practice

Date

2015

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Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Type

Book chapter

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Description

This chapter discusses the ways in which the concept of the sociological imagination can inform media studies and strengthen their emancipatory potential, and it does so by focusing on research about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It advocates a critical sociological approach in media studies, which can raise journalistic awareness about the practice of journalism as a social product and journalists as influential social actors. Drawing on recent literature and innovative approaches, which argue for a transformative yet responsible journalism, the chapter shows how critical sociological approaches to media can support journalism in redefining its practices and ideals and stimulating the development of a progressive journalistic field. Reflecting upon the concept of the sociological imagination in this light, it expands on the debate about engaged sociology in the field of media studies. It proposes ways ahead for the emancipatory project for media studies, which entails engaging with viable alternatives and transformation, alongside diagnoses and critique of problems (Wright 2010).

Keywords

sociological immagination, peace journalism, social change, media

Citation

Tiripelli G. (2015): Sociology of the media: towards an ideal journalistic practice. In: Dawson M., Fowler B., Miller D., and Smith A. (eds.) Stretching the Sociological Imagination, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Media Discourse Centre (MDC)