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Weber’s sociology of the press and journalism : continuities in contemporary sociologies of journalists.

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posted on 2014-08-07, 09:30 authored by Roger D. Dickinson
For Max Weber the goal of social science was to improve our knowledge of cultural problems. The newspaper industry at the turn of the 19th century was for him one of the ‘great cultural problems of the present’ (Weber, 1998: 111). When he presented his plan for a sociological investigation of the press to the German Sociological Association in 1910, the newspaper industry in Europe was emerging from over a half-century of change that was at least as profound in its social and political implications as those resulting from the changes taking place in the global news industries of today. By 1910 the processes of rationalization were beginning to raise questions about journalistic practices and the role of the press in the formation and orchestration of public opinion. The importance of journalists and the news industry as research topics must have been as obvious to Weber and his colleagues at that time as it is to contemporary media scholars. This paper discusses Weber’s plan and the continuities that can be traced from it through media sociology’s various attempts to address the issue of public opinion and the practice of journalism.

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Max Weber Studies, 2013, 13 (2) (2), pp. 197-215 (18)

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/Department of Media and Communication

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Max Weber Studies

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Max Weber Studies

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1470-8078

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2013

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http://mws.quotus.org/article/MWS/2013/2/5

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