Bernard Miège

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Bernard Miège (born 1941) is a French media theorist and academic administrator. He is Emeritus Professor of Communication and Information Science (Professeur émérite de sciences de l'information et de la communication) at Stendhal University in Grenoble. He was educated at Paris University, both in political studies and in economics. He has a Ph.D. in economics (Paris) and another Ph. D in humanities (Bordeaux). He is the author of fifteen works in the following fields: the cultural industries, the introduction of the technologies of information and communication in the society and in the organisations, and the analysis of the theories of communication.

He is one of the most influential founders of the 'cultural industries',[1][2] approach, which signified a break from Adorno and Horkheimer's influential theorisation of the 'Culture Industry'. While Adorno and Horkheimer saw culture as subsumed by capital, and by an abstract mode of 'instrumental reason', Miège rejected what he saw as their economic determinism, arguing that the cultural industries were far more complex than their analysis allowed for. They were not a unified field, and he argued that whilst there was indeed increased commodification of culture by the introduction of industrial methods of production, this new technology also created the possibilities for new exciting innovations. Miège's work has been highly influential, in particular on communication studies in the UK, influencing important academic commentators on the media such as Nicholas Garnham and David Hesmondhalgh.

Bernard Miège served as the president of Stendhal University from 1989 to 1994.[3] In 2006 Bernard Miège received an honorary doctorate in communications from Université du Québec à Montréal.[3][4] He also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bucharest in 2004.[5]

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Selected works[edit]

  • "La pense communicationnelle", Grenoble: PUG, 1995. ISBN 978-2-7061-0621-7
    • Review, Laramee, A. 2006. "Bernard Miege, La pensee communicationnelle". Communication, Information, Medias, Theories Pratiques. 25, no. 1: 347-350.
  • "La société conquise par la communication: la communication entre l'industrie et l'espace public", tome 2, Grenoble: PUG, 1997. ISBN 978-2-7061-0328-5
  • "The Capitalization of Cultural Production." New York, N.Y.: International General, 1989.
  • "Médias et communication en Europe." Grenoble: Presses universitaires de Grenoble, 1990.
  • with Patrick Pajon, and Jean-Michel Salaün. "L'industrialisation de l'audiovisuel: des programmes pour les nouveaux médias." Babel. Paris: Aubier, 1986
  • "La Production du cinéma." Média et compagnie(s). Grenoble: Presses universitaires de Grenoble, 1980.
  • with Lacroix, Jean-Guy, B and Gaétan Tremblay. "De la télématique aux autoroutes électroniques: le grand projet reconduit." Communication, culture et société. Sainte-Foy, Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, 1994.
  • "Questionner la société de l'information." Paris: Hermès Science Publications, 2000


  1. ^ and the public sphere By Jim McGuigan Routledge 1996 ISBN 978-0-415-11263-5
  2. ^ L'information-communication, objet de connaissance, Bernard Miège De Boeck Université, 2004 ISBN 2-8041-4668-5, ISBN 978-2-8041-4668-9
  3. ^ a b Pierre-Etienne Caza L’UQAM décerne sept doctorats honoris causa. Le Journal de l'Université du Québec à Montréal, vol. 33, no 4, October 2006, p. 2
  4. ^ "Bouchard awarded honorary doctorate". The Gazette. Montreal. October 6, 2006. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  5. ^ 2004 honorary doctorates, Archived February 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. University of Bucharest. Accessed January 21, 2010.

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