A feel for the frame: towards a Bourdieusian frame analysis (2022)

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Poetics Abstract Section snippets Frame analysis Structuralism and the sociological tradition of frame analysis Field and habitus Censorship and euphemism Style and schema Fields of linguistic tension Conclusion References (89) A Trojan Horse for marketing? solutions journalism in the French regional press European Journal of Communication News media as a “journalistic field”: what Bourdieu adds to new institutionalism, and vice versa Political Communication Shaping immigration news: A French-American comparison How states, markets and globalization shape the news: The French and US national press, 1965-97 European Journal of Communication Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field Constructing social problems in an age of globalization: a French–American comparison American Sociological Review The news is in the frame: A journalist-centered approach to the frame-building process of the Belgian Syria fighters Journalism Between Silence and Salience: A Multimethod Model to Study Frame Building From a Journalistic Perspective Communication Methods and Measures Outline of a Theory of Practice Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste The forms of capital Social space and symbolic Power Sociological Theory The Logic of Practice Language and Symbolic Power The Political Ontology of Martin Heidegger The Field of Cultural Production: Essays on Art and Literature The State Nobility: Elite Schools in the field of power The British Journal of Sociology On Television Practical Reason: On the Theory of Action Masculine Domination The political field, the social science field, and the journalistic field Photography: A Middle-brow Art Conflicting climate change frames in a global field of media discourse Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World Defragmenting news framing research: reconciling generic and issue-specific frames Figurative framing: shaping public discourse through Metaphor, Hyperbole, and Irony Communication Theory The end of framing as we know it and the future of media effects Mass Communication and Society The contaminated blood scandal: reframing medical news Bourdieu and the media: the promise and limits of field theory Theory and Society News framing: Theory and typology Information Design Journal Interview with Deighton Matthew Using frames to make scientific communication more effective Primitive Classification Framing: towards clarification of a fractured paradigm Journal of Communication Projections of Power: Framing News, Public Opinion, and U.S. Foreign Policy Shaping Abortion Discourse: Democracy and the public sphere in Germany and The United States Frame semantics Rethinking the Public Sphere: A Contribution to the Critique of Actually Existing Democracy Social Text Media images and the social construction of reality Annual Review of Sociology Media discourse and public opinion on nuclear power: a constructionist approach American Journal of Sociology Culture's constraints: international differences in the strength of social norms Current Directions in Psychological Science The Whole World Is Watching: Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the New Left Frame analysis: An essay on the organization of experience Frame analysis: An essay on the organization of experience The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life Cited by (1) Climate change risks and global warming dangers: a field analysis of online US news media Recommended articles (6) FAQs Related content Videos
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Poetics

Volume 84,

February 2021

, 101482

Abstract

This paper proposes a theoretical bridge between frame analysis and the Bourdieusian tradition of field analysis via the concept of linguistic habitus. Framing practices have tended to be explained, microcosmically, in terms of individual psychology or interaction, or macrocosmically, in terms of geopolitics, ideology and hegemony. This paper locates the genesis of framing practice at the mezzo level of the field. In this paper, I develop a Bourdieusian frame analysis through an integration of field and framing theories. Reflecting on my own research regarding news access in solutions journalism, I argue that framing practices are generated by habituation in specific linguistic markets. I argue that a linguistic habitus generates four interrelated framing practices: censorship, euphemism, style and schema. Lastly, I propose a taxonomy of framing practices by mapping the relative tension and ease of linguistic markets against the autonomy or heteronomy of the field.

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Section snippets

Frame analysis

Analysis of communicative regularities and their corresponding effects and delimitations on thought and action, formerly understood as a structuralist approach (Saussure,1959), now occurs primarily under the banner of frame analysis. Frames—often defined as “persistent patterns of cognition, interpretation, and presentation, or selection, emphasis, and exclusion, by which symbol-handlers routinely organize discourse, whether verbal or visual” (Gitlin,1981, p. 7)—are of interest in many

Structuralism and the sociological tradition of frame analysis

The routine designation of ‘field theory’ to refer to a Bourdieusian approach to inquiry has tended to privilege only one stratum of Bourdieu's sociological theory (Lizardo,2004, p. 376). This emphasis has lent itself to comparative studies of media fields (Benson,2013; Hallin & Mancini,2004; Sonnett,2010) or media ethnography (Schultz,2007; Willig,2013). Less attention has been devoted to applying Bourdieu's socio-linguistics to content analysis (Maaresetal., 2020), despite these

Field and habitus

Fields can be understood, using Benson's formulation (2006, p. 188) as “semi-autonomous and increasingly specialized spheres of action (e.g., fields of politics, economics, religion, cultural production)”. They are hierarchical, bounded social structures (roughly synonymous with professions) in which individuals must deploy social, cultural and economic capital (Bourdieu,1986) to leverage influence and, in turn, shape the evaluative criteria that facilitate access to the field and upward

Censorship and euphemism

Bourdieu's concept of censorship is more nuanced than the term usually implies. In his view the field imposes censorship (rather than a powerful agent) and this censorship is internalized through habitus (rather than being imposed externally). While censorship or ‘market sanction’ can occur directly, the more pernicious and common forms of censorship occur when “unconsciously or consciously, people censor themselves—they don't need to be called into line” (Bourdieu,1998a, p. 17). A habitus

Style and schema

The term euphemism suggests, perhaps misleadingly, that frames were adopted reluctantly or as obvious “compromise formulations” (Bourdieu, 1991, p. 78). However, in interviews, evaluation of leadership became a space for structured improvisation and schematic elaboration. As Gitlin suggested, frames are schematic in that they “organize the world” (1981), however, a frame is also stylistic and expressive. Rather than articulating a purely literal schema for ordering the world, framing (whether

Fields of linguistic tension

To pre-empt a logical criticism, locating the genesis of framing in fields may imply that news frames are distinctive products of the journalistic field when, as is well known, the preferred frames and conceptual metaphors of politicians and other powerful actors are often adopted by journalists (Lakoff,2016; Lawrence,2000). To account for this theoretically it is necessary to acknowledge that fields are also defined by their relationship to neighbouring fields of power. Bourdieu theorized

Conclusion

This paper exhibits, perhaps, a linguistic habitus of tense autonomy. Shaped by anticipation of its reception by reviewers, editors and colleagues, this paper has sought to elaborate one of media scholarship's principle metaphors: the frame. Bourdieu was often critical of scholasticism, and especially philosophers and linguists that imagined themselves and their texts as outside social structures (Bourdieu,1991a, 1991b). Indeed, the interpretation of Bourdieu has been shaped by social

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    Bourdieu’s concepts of capital, field and habitus help make sense of the relationships between objective social structures and everyday practice: helping understand how power persists.. Utilizing the metaphor of capital, Bourdieu describes the various forms of power such as social capital, cultural capital and financial capital: however, the combinations and levels of this, change relative to the individual based upon the field in which they are operating.. The first of Bourdieu’s core concepts is the cultural capital.. Cultural capital refers to familial endowments whereby parental social class values and assets ultimately influences integrational chances and achievements.. In his social reproduction thesis, Bourdieu argued that education performs a central role in the reproduction of social exclusion and inequality: facilitated within schools by promoting the cultural capital through penalizing the students who experienced inequalities in social class due to insufficiencies in financial and social capital (Bourdieu and Passeron, 1990).Although, this is not something which is a proven fact through quantitative research and if cultural capital is seen exclusive through this lens, the generalizable analytical potential is far limited upon application to multicultural societies: which, of course, nearly all modern nations are, as well as not being able to empirically confirm his theory.. Habitus is another central concept which Bourdieu advocates, which reflects the class positions in different fields.. For culture to explain contemporary variances in parental socioeconomic status this oppressive influence of culture must be experienced longitudinally.. The relevance of this towards understanding contemporary inequality can be supported by the promotion of cognitive skills: from this meaning that the effect of exposure to cultural capital on grades can somewhat be addressed and seen through the improvements in linguistics, cultural knowledge and reading ability for the individual (Sullivan, 2001).. In this respect, habitus is seemingly both individual and social, reflecting individual experience and reinforces social classifications: reflexive too in the way in which how the social interacts with the social trajectory and life experiences of everybody (Wacquant, 2004).. Despite these assumptions, Skeggs’ contributions revoke such claims, as women are more aware of their status and in order to overcome in they consistently improve their appearance, relationships, and their minds: which, if true, heavily questions the relevance of the application of Bourdieu’s theory towards understanding contemporary inequalities: the women that lacked this desire for self-improvement where those that were far more distanced from the middles classes (Skeggs, 1997).. It would be fair to state that if the mechanisms for social reproduction where changed from Bourdieu’s, then the importance of his work can be far better explained.. But, lastly, the way in which social reproduction becomes a longitudinal process in life which is influenced equally by circumstance and context as must as risk and individual decision making.. “Analysis of the Sociological Concepts of Pierre Bourdieu and Their Relevance Today.” WritingBros , 24 Dec. 2020, writingbros.com/essay-examples/analysis-of-the-sociological-concepts-of-pierre-bourdieu-and-their-relevance-today/

    Scholars often use Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Bourdieusian analyses with the aim of studying inequities in education.

    Critical Race Theory in education and Pierre Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice are widely used by scholars to better understand inequities in education (see Edgerton & Roberts, 2014; Howard & Navarro, 2016).. While much education research neglected the role of racism in education, scholars took a bold stance, employing CRT to argue that race and racism matter in education (Ladson-Billings & Tate, 1995).. By employing Pierre Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice, as informed by CRT in education, however, scholars might better study the interplay of students’ agency, or will, and societal structures with race in mind.. My argument here is three-fold: 1) CRT has never fully engaged with Bourdieu, 2) Bourdieu and CRT, although distinct, are not necessarily in opposition, and 3) CRT and Bourdieusian analyses, if used in tandem, might result in a more nuanced engagement of the interplay between race, structure, and agency in education.. For example, while the majority of students might be satisfied with student services and feel a great sense of engagement with the campus (Harper & Hurtado, 2007), a CRT lens examines how racialized minorities experience the campus and just how race informs their experience.In this way, CRT scholars can use the individual experiences of marginalized persons to analyze and critique institutional policies and initiatives.. Thus, context is required when applying Bourdieu’s social and cultural capital theory to an educational issue (Bourdieu, 1984; Bourdieu & Passeron, 1990; Edgerton & Roberts, 2014; Baez & Musoba, 2009).. Asserting that such understandings of cultural capital paint students of color from a deficits-based view (Valencia, 2012), Yosso introduces a framework informed by CRT, Community Cultural Wealth, to better understand, affirm, and harness the non-dominant forms of capital, or cultural wealth, present in marginalized peoples’ communities (2005).. Rampant misinterpretations of Bourdieu have led to necessary critique (e.g., Yosso, 2005), but also a preemptive dismissal of Bourdieu’s analytic potential to study Black students and other racialized minorities in education.

    This study will draw on the work of Pierre Bourdieu and will explore the sociological factors that influence young people’s participation in physical activity.

    This was compared to institution B students who reported far less levels of participation outside of school, with two pupils stating that they don’t participate in any form of physical activity outside of school lessons.. This study supports the view that children who have parents willing to provide support and encouragement have greater chances of participation (Linder, 2002; Brown et al., 1989; Smith, 2005; Hohepa et al., 2007; Nielsen et al., 2012; Hunter-Jones, 2014).. Whereas, the value placed on sport and physical activity for institution B students was different.. For example, in this project, participants from both institutions reported that enjoyment was a key value of physical activity, however, institution A participants extended their values of sport because their teachers and parents continually linked physical activity participation with future jobs and success.. For example, one participant from institution B stated that;. Sport and social class.. Social Research.. Sport England., 2016.. How many sports are offered/ how often?

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