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    Journalism and critical engagement: naiveté, embarrassment, and intelligibility

    Markham, Tim (2014) Journalism and critical engagement: naiveté, embarrassment, and intelligibility. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 11 (2), pp. 158-174. ISSN 1479-1420.

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    This article explores the possibility of journalists acting as custodians of critical engagement, drawing on Rancière’s conception of dissensus as organized disagreement over the conditions of understanding. It begins by assessing the status that worthiness and naiveté have as negative symbolic capital in the journalistic field, before asking whether journalists’ ambivalent detachment from the objects of their inquiry hinders their ability to engage critically with experts in other fields. It argues that journalism’s role in marshaling dissensus amounts to making clear the limits and absences of intelligibility in journalism and other fields, in distinction to disseminating knowledge as such.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: "This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies April 2014, available online:
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Journalism in Society, Critical Engagement, Intelligibility, Rancière, Phenomenology
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC) (Closed)
    Depositing User: Tim Markham
    Date Deposited: 01 May 2014 10:54
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:34


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