Practical mastery of authority, authenticity and disposition
in The politics of war reporting
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This chapter describes the main findings of Bourdieusian analysis of interviews with war reporters and their peers and rivals. The specific practices underpinning dispositions presented are discussed: the economy of esotericisation and the economy of ambivalence towards power and danger. The number of women working in war reporting has increased significantly over the last 20 years, and in the interviews there were no explicit suggestions that women should not work as war correspondents. The particularly individualised form of authority that characterises war reporting means that correspondents have a stake in resisting the conventional, institutional game in which they perceive others as being invested. It is plausible that war reporting is sustained by illusio: the collective, and collectively forgotten, sense that makes immersing oneself in a field inherently, instinctively meaningful.

The politics of war reporting

Authority, authenticity and morality


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