Ritual and Journalism

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For millennia, the idea that rituals create a shared and conventional world of human sociality has been commonplace. From common rites of passage that exist around the world in various forms (weddings, funerals, coming-of-age ceremonies), to patterned actions that seem familiar only to members of the in-group (secret initiations, organizational routines), the voluntarily performance of ritual encourages people to participate and engage meaningfully in different spheres of society. While attention to the concept was originally the purview of anthropology, sociology, and history, in recent decades many other academic disciplines have turned to ritual as a ‘window’ on the cultural dynamics by which people make and remake their worlds. In terms of journalism studies in particular, the concept of ritual has been harnessed by scholars looking to understand the symbolic power of media to direct public attention, define issues and groups, and cause social cohesion or dissolution. Media rituals performed in and through news coverage indicate social norms, common and conflicting values, and different ways of being ‘in the world’. The idea of ritual in journalism is accordingly related to discussions around the societal power of journalism as an institution, the ceremonial aspects of news coverage (especially around elite persons and extraordinary ‘media events’), and the different techniques journalists use to ‘make the news’ and ‘construct reality’. Journalism does more than merely cover events or chronicle history – it provides a mediated space for audiences and publics that both allows and extends rituals that can unite, challenge and affect society.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelOxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication
ForlagOxford University Press
Publikationsdatofeb. 2019
DOI
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2019
Udgivet eksterntJa

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Peters, C. (2019). Ritual and Journalism. I Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.869
Peters, Chris. / Ritual and Journalism. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Oxford University Press, 2019.
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