Managing the symbolic arena: The media sociology of Herbert Gans

  • Reese S
  • 36

    Readers

    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • N/A

    Citations

    Citations of this article.

Abstract

Given the importance of the news media in managing the symbolic arena of society, a sizeable body of research has accumulated that considers how that arena is con-structed. Klaus Schönbach has touched on this area in his recent entry in the Encyclo-pedia of Communication, in which he questioned how news organizations were led to " synchronize " their news reports to conform to editorial policy, getting journalists to conform to their rules through a number of mechanisms (Schoenbach, 2008). Such questions have led to other Schönbach concerns with news quality and public service norms, and empirical work on characteristics of journalists, their self-concept, interac-tions with politicians, and the larger structure and social situation of the profession. Within this range of concerns, I focus here on a particular form of research into news media performance, the ethnographic study of journalistic organizations and news institutions, a kind of investigation for a time in decline in U.

Author-supplied keywords

  • aging the symbolic arena
  • herbert gans
  • the media sociology of

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Authors

  • Stephen D Reese

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free