Beyond 'La dolce vita': Bourdieu, market heteronomy and cultural homogeneity

Christopher Thorpe

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This article takes the main arguments made by Bourdieu in his late work On Television and Journalism and applies them to the empirical case of the production of discursive visions of Italy and the Italians in Britain from approximately 1840 to the present day. In doing so, Bourdieu's field theory is applied in order to examine and compare the range and diversity of the Italian visions produced at around the mid-point of the 19th century — a period of high cultural autonomy in England — with those produced in the present day. In the account of the present day, the dominant assemblage of discursive practices and the fields from which they derive is explicated and the extent to which these visions are shaped by the `audience ratings' mindset is scrutinized.The article concludes by reflecting on the analytical utility of Bourdieu's field theory for understanding inter-cultural representation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-146
Number of pages24
JournalCultural Sociology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Audience ratings
  • Bourdieu
  • Britain
  • Field theory
  • Italian culture
  • Italy
  • Journalistic field


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