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    The political phenomenology of war correspondence

    Markham, Tim (2008) The political phenomenology of war correspondence. In: Political Studies Association, 2008, Swansea University, Wales, UK. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Drawing on interviews with war correspondents, editors, political and military personnel, this paper investigates the possibility that the way journalists reflect on their everyday practice, aswell as the perceived natural status of journalistic ethics, obscures other symbolic economies.Self-reflection and judgements about colleagues confirm that there are dominant norms for interpreting and acting in conflict scenarios which, while contingent upon sociohistorical context,are interpreted as common sense. But the prevalence of such codes masks the systematicallymisrecognised symbolic systems of mystification and disinterest – systems which reproducehierarchies and gatekeeping structures in the field, but which are either dismissed with irony andcynicism, or not present to the consciousness of the war correspondent. The paper builds onrecent theories of journalistic disposition, ideology, discourse and professionalism. It addressesthe gendering of war correspondence, the rise of the journalist as moral authority, and questionsthe extent to which interviewee reflections should be analytically (over)determined. It ends with adeontological defence of journalistic ethics against their political construction as purely andnonconsciously strategic

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > History of Art
    Research Centre: Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2013 10:09
    Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 09:28
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8199

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