Field theory approaches to new media practices: An introduction and some theoretical reflections

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  • Ida Willig, Institut for Kommunikation og Humanistisk Videnskab, RUC, Denmark
  • Karen Waltorp
  • Jannie Møller Hartley, Institut for Kommunikation og Humanistisk Videnskab, RUC, Denmark
This special issue of MedieKultur specifically addresses new media practices and asks how field theory approaches can help us understand how culture is (prod)used via various digital platforms. In this article introducing the theme of the special issue, we argue that studies of new media practices could benefit particularly from Pierre Bourdieu’s research on cultural production. We introduce some of the literature that concerns digital media use and has been significant for field theory’s development in this context. We then present the four thematic articles in this issue and the articles outside the theme, which include two translations of classic texts within communications and media research. This introductory article concludes by encouraging media scholars to embark on additional studies within a field theory framework: This framework’s comprehensive theoretical basis and ideal of a reflexive sociology are capable of prompting important questions without necessarily claiming to offer a complete and self-sufficient sociology of media, including new media.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMedieKultur
Volume31
Issue58
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
ISSN0900-9671
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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