Intellectuals in the Australian Press

Murray, Craig (2005) Intellectuals in the Australian Press. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The notion of the 'public intellectual' has been a recurring discussion topic within sociology and the humanities for decades. Yet it has been largely neglected within media and cultural studies. Accordingly, few scholars have discussed in much depth how public intellectuals operate within the media and what functions this media role may facilitate. Intellectuals in the Australian Press is an exploration into this generally overlooked area of scholarship. It aims to provide three levels of insight into the topic. Firstly, the study looks closely at the appearance and the function of public intellectuals in the Australian press. It outlines how public intellectuals contribute to the newspapers and how newspapers contribute to Australian public intellectual life. Secondly, the thesis outlines and examines in detail three types of public intellectual in Australia. Specifically, it examines the journalist, the academic and the think tank researcher as types of intellectual who write regularly for Australia's newspapers. Thirdly, Intellectuals in the Australian Press delivers detailed intellectual biographies of three of Australia's most prominent press intellectuals, each of whom exemplifies one of these three categories. These commentators are The Australian's Paul Kelly, The Age's Robert Manne, and the Sydney Morning Herald's Gerard Henderson.

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ID Code: 16022
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: MacLennan, Gary & Romano, Angela
Keywords: Intellectuals, Public Intellectuals, Newspapers, Political Columns, Political Columnists, Journalists, Academics, Think Tanks, Paul Kelly, Robert Manne, Gerard Henderson
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Craig Murray
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:55
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:42

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