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Singular influence : mapping the ascent of Daisy M. Bates in popular understanding and Indigenous policy

Waller, Lisa 2010, Singular influence : mapping the ascent of Daisy M. Bates in popular understanding and Indigenous policy, Australian journal of communication, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 1-14.

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Title Singular influence : mapping the ascent of Daisy M. Bates in popular understanding and Indigenous policy
Author(s) Waller, Lisa
Journal name Australian journal of communication
Volume number 37
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 15
Publisher University of Queensland, School of English
Place of publication Brisbane, QLD.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0811-6202
Summary Daisy M. Bates’s influence on Indigenous affairs has often been attributed to her once romantic legend as ‘the saviour of the Aborigines’, obscuring the impact of the powerful news media position that she commanded for decades. The ideas advanced by the news media through its reports both by and about Bates exerted a strong influence on public understanding and official policies that were devastating for Indigenous Australians and have had lasting impacts. This paper draws on Bourdieu’s tradition of field-based research to propose that Bates’s ‘singular influence’ was formed through the accumulation of ‘symbolic capital’ within and across the fields of journalism, government, Indigenous societies, and anthropology, and that it operated to reinforce and legitimate the media’s representations of Indigenous people and issues as well as government policies.
Language eng
Field of Research 200101 Communication Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, University of Queensland, School of English
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033774

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