File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_1998/bourdieu.9806, message 31

Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 14:47:50 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Re: acteur, agent, suject (fwd)

(Oops, thought Roger's posting was off the list)

Sure Roger,

I was in a rush and thought your post deserved comment.  Mine was hardly
sufficient though.  

By 'hardly counts' I meant, in a rushed and knackered and rather loose
way, that his recent book is not really an empirically based study in the
usual manner of Bourdieu.  Comprising lectures, its main thrust is to
bemoan the lowering of autonomy of the media field.  Many of the arguments
are well known in the political economy of the media, and have been for
some time.  In short, it really doesn't compare to say The Rules of Art or
Distinction or even Homo Academicus. 

I didn't mean that it was of no value, though.  Merely that it does not
fill the role of a study of a relatively low autonomy field, something
missing thus far in Bourdieu's work on culture.

Hope that makes sense, of a sort.  
I hope to comment a bit more on your posting when I'm more awake!

All the best,


Karl Maton
School of Education, 17 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QA
Tel. + 44 (0) 1223 336288
Fax: + 44 (0) 1223 332894



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