Last July, Gillian Tett, who started her job as the Financial Times’ U.S. managing editor Sept. 1, wrote about the influence Pierre Bourdieu had on her work. Bourdieu, a French sociologist and intellectual, identified the “social silences” that can perpetuate the status quo if they’re allowed to fester.
“I think it’s beholden on journalists to turn the microscope around and look at themselves more than they actually do,” Tett said in a phone interview.
This is not just theory for Tett, who has a Ph.D. in social anthropology. When she covered London’s financial world for the FT, she identified collateralized debt obligations and credit default swaps as areas swaddled in silence. Tett and her team “very much warned of the dangers” these instruments presented to the world economy, she told Laura Barton in 2008, warnings that you may have heard went mostly unheeded.… Read more