Mediatizing Educational Policy: The journalistic field, science policy and cross-field effects

Bob Lingard, Shaun Rawolle

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    This paper is concerned to demonstrate the usefulness of the theory of Bourdieu, including the concepts of field, logics of practice and habitus, to understanding relationships between media and policy, what Fairclough has called the 'mediatization' of policy. Specifically, the paper draws upon Bourdieu's accessible account of the journalistic field as outlined in On television and journalism. The usefulness of this work is illustrated through a case study of a recent Australian science policy, The chance to change. As this policy went through various iterations and media representations, its naming and structure became more aphoristic. This is the mediatization of contemporary policy, which often results in policy as sound bite. The case study also shows the cross-field effects of this policy in education, illustrating how today educational policy can be spawned from developments in other public policy fields.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)361-380
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Education Policy
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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