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New Uses of Bourdieu in Film and Media Studies

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New Uses of Bourdieu in Film and Media Studies

Edited by Guy Austin

184 pages, 5 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-167-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (July 2016)

ISBN  978-1-78533-829-8 $27.95/£22.95 Pb Published (March 2018)

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“This is a really useful contribution to our understanding of the various ways in which the work of Bourdieu can be used in film and media studies, adding to and revising existing uses but also bringing his key ideas to bear on new areas such as online film reviewing and the landscapes of social and mobile media. These chapters are strong and well argued.” · Geoff King, Brunel University

“This timely collection approaches a rich palette of media through Bourdieuian perspectives. Perhaps its most important contribution lies in the seemingly natural way in which IMDb reviews, millennial hipsterdom, Algerian cinema, and other diverse forms are brought together.” · Marijke de Valck, Utrecht University


Through his influential work on cultural capital and social mobility, the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu has provided critical insights into the complex interactions of power, class, and culture in the modern era. Ubiquitous though Bourdieu’s theories are, however, they have only intermittently been used to study some of the most important forms of cultural production today: cinema and new media. With topics ranging from film festivals and photography to constantly evolving mobile technologies, this collection demonstrates the enormous relevance that Bourdieu’s key concepts hold for the field of media studies, deploying them as powerful tools of analysis and forging new avenues of inquiry in the process.

Guy Austin is Professor of French Studies at Newcastle University, UK. He is the author of Contemporary French Cinema (1996/2008), Claude Chabrol (1999), Stars in Modern French Film (2003) and Algerian National Cinema (2012), as well as articles on French and Algerian cinema for various journals.

Subject: Film and Television Studies Media Studies Sociology


List of Tables and Figures

Introduction: Bourdieu on Media and Film

Chapter 1. Bourdieu, Field of Cultural Production and Cinema: Illumination and Blindspots
Bridget Fowler

Chapter 2. Bourdieu and Film Studies: Beyond the Taste Agenda
Chris Cagle

Chapter 3. Bourdieu and Images of Algerian Women’s Emotional Habitus
Sophie Belot

Chapter 4. The Taste Database: Taste Distinctions in Online Film
Eileen Culloty

Chapter 5. Millennials Protest: Hipsters, Privilege, and Homological Obstruction
Anthony P. McIntyre

Chapter 6. A Bourdieuan Approach to Internet Studies: Rethinking Digital Practice
Richenda Herzig

Chapter 7. Obtain and Deploy: Mobile Media Technologies as Tools for Distinction and Capital
Justin Battin

Chapter 8. Weak (Cultural) Field: A Bourdieuian Approach to Social Media
Antonio Di Stefano


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