Sociology of the media: towards an ideal journalistic practice
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).
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.
ISBN : 9781137493644
Research Institute : Media Discourse Centre (MDC)
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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