dealing with the mess (we made)

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full title: Dealing with the mess (we made): Unraveling hybridity, normativity and complexity in journalism studies
authors: Tamara Witschge, CW Anderson, David Domingo & Alfred Hermida
year of publication: 2019
published in: Journalism

keywords: boundary work, complexity, constructivism, experientialist approach, hybridity, journalism studies, normativity, practice theory

unraveling hybridity, normativity, and complexity in journalism studies

In this article, we discuss the rise and use of the concept of hybridity in journalism studies. Hybridity afforded a meaningful intervention in a discipline that had the tendency to focus on a stabilized and homogeneous understanding of the field. Nonetheless, we now need to reconsider its deployment, as it only partially allows us to address and understand the developments in journalism. We argue that if scholarship is to move forward in a productive manner, we need, rather than denote everything that is complex as hybrid, to develop new approaches to our object of study. Ultimately, this is an open invitation to the field to adopt experientialist, practice-based approaches that help us overcome the ultimately limited binary dualities that have long governed our theoretical and empirical work in the field.

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