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Television aesthetics, media and cultural studies and the contested realm of the social

Zborowski, James

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Abstract

This article seeks to intervene in the ‘television aesthetics’ versus ‘media and cultural studies’ debate. It argues that aesthetic evaluation does not necessarily rely upon bad textual others or result in canon construction. It engages with Bourdieu in order to demonstrate that his account of cultural capital and distinction is more nuanced than is suggested by its uptake by scholars who want to use it to argue against evaluative activity. Finally, it argues that television aesthetics cannot be divorced from ‘media and cultural studies’ to the extent that some of its practitioners appear to want.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016-03
Journal Critical studies in television : the international journal of television studies
Print ISSN 1749-6020
Electronic ISSN 1749-6039
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 1
Pages 7-22
Institution Citation Zborowski, J. (2016). Television aesthetics, media and cultural studies and the contested realm of the social. Critical studies in television, 11(1), 7-22. https://doi.org/10.1177/1749602015619632
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1749602015619632
Keywords Bourdieu, Pierre, 1930-2002; Evaluative criticism; Higher education; Television aesthetics
Publisher URL http://cst.sagepub.com/content/11/1/7.abstract
Copyright Statement ©2016 University of Hull
Additional Information Author's accepted manuscript of article published in: Critical studies in television : the international journal of television studies, 2016, v.11, issue 1

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