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Tertius tactics : 'mediated social capital' as a resource of power for traditional commercial news media

Hess, Kristy 2013, Tertius tactics : 'mediated social capital' as a resource of power for traditional commercial news media, Communication theory, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 112-130, doi: 10.1111/comt.12005.

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Title Tertius tactics : 'mediated social capital' as a resource of power for traditional commercial news media
Author(s) Hess, KristyORCID iD for Hess, Kristy orcid.org/0000-0003-3027-7492
Journal name Communication theory
Volume number 23
Issue number 2
Start page 112
End page 130
Total pages 18
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013-05
ISSN 1050-3293
1468-2885
Summary This essay reconceptualizes “social capital” as it relates to scholarship regarding the traditional news media. Much academic attention links the news media to Robert Putnam's view which focuses on social capital as enhancing “civic pride” and collective/community involvement. I suggest Putnam's perspective is often adopted without wider exploration of what the theory may offer the future of the commercial news media in western societies. This essay proposes the term “mediated social capital” may be a more suitable lens through which to consider this theory, taking a cue from Pierre Bourdieu who views social capital as a resource of power that may be utilized to maintain or build a position of advantage.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/comt.12005
Field of Research 200101 Communication Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052399

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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Created: Thu, 09 May 2013, 13:14:04 EST by Kristy Hess

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