Young People, Class and the News: Distinction, socialization and moral sentiments
2017 (English)In: Journalism Studies, ISSN 1461-670X, E-ISSN 1469-9699, 1-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Journalism studies almost exclusively rely on a “sociology of integration” perspective when theorizing the social function of journalism. Focus is put on if and how journalism facilitates democratic processes, encourages civic engagement and strengthens the sense of community. In providing an alternative view, this study mobilizes the cultural sociology of Pierre Bourdieu—a “sociologist of conflict”—in order to study how young people’s conditions of existence have given rise to vastly different orientations towards news and the normative order surrounding journalism. Based on focus group interviews with young people in Brazil and Sweden, the study shows that socialization into the world of news in the family and in school generates class-distinctive news orientations. The world of news is a site where social groups draw moral and cultural boundaries against each other. Since different social groups monopolize completely different news practices and preferences, they work to legitimate social differences. As such, the findings challenge common notions of news as creating the “healthy citizen”, and that news media provide spaces for the practice of civility and citizenship.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. 1-20 p.
audience fragmentation, Bourdieu, class, comparative study, focus groups, news consumption, young people
Media and Communications
Research subject Other research area
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32369DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2017.1310628OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-32369DiVA: diva2:1088096