Read e-book online Abortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in PDF

By Deana A. Rohlinger

ISBN-10: 1107069238

ISBN-13: 9781107069237

Weaving jointly analyses of archival fabric, information insurance, and interviews performed with newshounds from mainstream and partisan shops in addition to with activists around the political spectrum, Deana A. Rohlinger reimagines how activists use numerous mediums, occasionally at the same time, to agitate for - and opposed to - criminal abortion. Rohlinger's in-depth pix of 4 teams - the nationwide correct to existence Committee, deliberate Parenthood, the nationwide association for girls, and anxious ladies for the US - illuminates while teams use media and why they may decide to keep away from media consciousness altogether. Rohlinger expertly unearths why a few activist teams are extra determined than others to draw media awareness and sheds gentle on what this implies for coverage making and criminal abortion within the twenty-first century.

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Because a field is a structured space between these two poles, an actor’s location within the field indicates the kinds of internal and external pressures that come to bear on an actor and the amount of cultural capital it wields (Bourdieu 1998a). Commercial, mainstream media outlets are located near the heteronomous pole because they are disproportionately influenced by economic considerations, while “serious” media are situated near the autonomous pole. Outlets, at either extreme or located anywhere in between, strive to build legitimacy in the field through the accumulation of economic or cultural capital.

Likewise, groups that seek to fundamentally alter social structure and institutions may perceive mainstream media as hostile to their causes and avoid these outlets altogether. Organizational identity shapes the options available to a group responding to bad press and losing issues (Dilemmas 2 and 3). Organizations with elaborated identities as well as credibility with (and access to) journalists are far more likely to remain silent on an issue than groups fighting to get into the mainstream. While the former will have other opportunities to influence media coverage, the latter may not.

A group with an elaborated identity will be best positioned to craft credible frames because it has a broader repertoire of cultural language from which to draw, making it easier for the group to match its interpretation of political moments with an observable reality. In contrast, an organization with a restricted identity will have difficulty crafting frames that generate widespread support. A group with a particularistic understanding of its issues, solutions, and goals often has difficulty “stretching” its linguistic repertoire to reflect historical contingencies, which, ultimately, limits the resonance of its frames and its potential support (Rohlinger 2002).

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