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The Politics of War ReportingAuthority, Authenticity and Morality$
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Tim Markham

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085284

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085284.001.0001

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Introduction: why use political phenomenology to analyse war reporting?

Introduction: why use political phenomenology to analyse war reporting?

(p.1) 1 Introduction: why use political phenomenology to analyse war reporting?
The Politics of War Reporting

Tim Markham

Manchester University Press

This book addresses the importance of war reporting. The phenomenological premise of this book is that conscious experience of the world is not pre-given but determined by the multiple contexts in which humans are situated—material, economic, historical, social, cultural and mediated. War reporting is traditionally conceived in terms of information retrieval and processing structured according to wider cultural values such as bearing witness, giving voice and holding power to account. Pierre Bourdieu's corpus of work is strongly interdisciplinary, combining qualitative and quantitative research methodology with a theoretical framework that draws on sociology, anthropology, philosophy, political science and the history of ideas. The key concepts of Bourdieu's work are considered. His stated views on journalism are also explained. He defends the idea of esotericism in the cultural sphere. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is shown.

Keywords:   war reporting, bearing witness, giving voice, holding power, Pierre Bourdieu, journalism, esotericism, political science, philosophy

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