Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Making Media WorkCultures of Management in the Entertainment Industries$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Derek Johnson, Derek Kompare, and Avi Santo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814764695

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814764695.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM NYU Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.nyu.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of NYU Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NYSO for personal use.date: 30 June 2022

Towards a Structuration Theory of Media Intermediaries

Towards a Structuration Theory of Media Intermediaries

(p.39) 2 Towards a Structuration Theory of Media Intermediaries
Making Media Work

Timothy Havens

NYU Press

This chapter claims that media managers frequently engage in storytelling practices known as “industry lore.” These practices not only serve as sense-making rituals in managing the circulation of culture, but also as a means of negotiating and rationalizing individual agency in relation to structural forces within production cultures. The chapter examines the role of industry lore in legitimating and challenging discourses about what types of television texts can circulate internationally and why. It draws on sociologist Anthony Giddens' post-structuralist concept of “structuration” as a middle-ground between structure and agency, as well as Michel Foucault's theories of power/knowledge. These allows for an examination of how knowledge about the audience and the kinds of media content that might appeal to it are produced through an interaction between structural and cultural forces.

Keywords:   industry lore, media managers, individual agency, structural forces, structuration, Anthony Giddens, power, knowledge, Michel Foucault

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.