Title: "Media Capital – What Is It and How Does It Work?" Author: Helene Marie Hassager Specialeafhandling – Journalistik – Roskilde Universitetscenter The main subject of this thesis is the new term media capital, and how it can be perceived within the theoretical framework, mainly the terms field and capital, of the French philosopher Pierre Bourdieu. Media capital describes the power or capital an individual can obtain through media exposure. The goal of the thesis has been to examine what media capital is and how it is possible for individuals to move it from the media field into other fields. These two problems are investigated through comparative analysis of other theoretic approaches. Bourdieu's field theory consists of autonomous fields within which different sets of rules for acknowledgement exists. Economic capital might be very important in the financial field but not in the cultural field. Therefore it is not considered possible to transfer capital from one field to another. The theorist Nick Couldry suggests that we dismiss the field theory all together, but this results in more problems than solutions. Bourdieu introduces the term symbolic system to describe the way through which the state exercises symbolic power over the rest of society. Couldry asks if this term could also apply to the media. The thesis suggests that it is possible to use the term symbolic system to create a symbolic media field through which individuals can transport their media capital.
|Uddannelser||Journalistik, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||19 sep. 2008|