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Judith Bernanke

Doctor of Philosophy, (Communication and Journalism)
Study Completed: 2013
Massey Business School


Thesis Title
Interfield antagonisms: An examination of the New Zealand journalistic and visual arts fields in the case of the mainstream media coverage of et al. and the 2005 Venice Biennale.

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Ms Bernanke’s study examined the interrelational dynamics of the journalistic and visual arts fields as demonstrated through New Zealand mainstream media’s arts journalism. Her focus was the case of the domestic media’s coverage of the artist collective et al., this country’s representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale international art exhibition. She used Bourdieu’s field theory as the primary analytical framework and drew on a range of methodologies, including content analysis, surveys, critical discourse analysis, and conversation analysis. Results show how journalism’s power is reproduced through symbolic violence legitimated by journalistic practice. It was also found that the field’s increasingly commercial (or heteronomous) concerns constrain other fields, in this case the visual arts field. This study is the first in-depth application of field theory to an interrelational analysis of the journalistic and visual arts fields and the first to extensively analyse interfield relations in the New Zealand context.

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