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A feel for the frame: towards a Bourdieusian frame analysis


Dodd, B, A feel for the frame: towards a Bourdieusian frame analysis, Poetics, 84 Article 101482. ISSN 0304-422X (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.poetic.2020.101482


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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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:solutions journalism, Bourdieu, frame analysis, habitus, field analysis, metaphor
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Communication studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Dodd, B (Mr Bill Dodd)
ID Code:140301
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Media
Deposited On:2020-08-06
Last Modified:2022-01-06

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