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Gatekeeping and networking arrangements: Dutch distributors in the film distribution business

Smits, Roderik 2016. Gatekeeping and networking arrangements: Dutch distributors in the film distribution business. Poetics 58 , pp. 29-42. 10.1016/j.poetic.2016.08.002

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Gatekeeping studies in the cultural industries increasingly draw attention to transnational networks, revealing that decision-making is decentralised through gatekeepers operating from different levels in the marketplace. This brings into focus a new line of enquiry revolving around the nature of such relationships. This paper situates an analysis of transnational gatekeeping and networking arrangements within the longstanding tradition of neo-institutional and Bourdieusian theory. Through a typology of the search and selection strategies developed by distributors in the Dutch film market, it explores their decision-making practices, demonstrating how institutional factors, taste judgements and networking arrangements work together in specific transnational contexts. This reveals that networking arrangements serve the purpose of information sharing, but, more specifically, also act as a social influence through which decision-making is evaluated and confirmed. It therefore becomes clear that reliance on transnational networks adds significant weight to decision-making processes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0304-422X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 24 August 2016
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2019 18:10

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