The Tumultuous Game of Legitimacy: Capital Contestation between Riggan, Mike, and Tabitha in Birdman (2014)

Edi Dwi Riyanto and Alexei Wahyudiputra (2022) The Tumultuous Game of Legitimacy: Capital Contestation between Riggan, Mike, and Tabitha in Birdman (2014). Anaphora: Journal of Language, Literary, and Cultural Studies, 5 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 2656-3967

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The contemporary Hollywood cinematic landscape is commonly filled with popular films that seek mass legitimacy. It is different from theatrical works or Broadway that are specifically aimed at connoisseurs. The ample evidence of popular films infers that the American cultural field constructs its logicality in the effect of this system. It affects how one distinctively perceives theatre or Broadway as “art” and films as “entertainment", leading the actors within them to seek to be legitimized as an “actor/artist” in a distinctive way. This article specifically aims to diagnose this condition through Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s film entitled Birdman (2014) that tells a story of a washed-up American film actor who wishes to revive his career on Broadway. The research utilizes Pierre Bourdieu’s theory on the mechanism of symbolic power, capital, and trajectories to reveal the dynamics of the field as represented in the film in legitimizing one’s status as an actor and the paths one takes to be legitimized as an artist. The analyses focus on characterizations and characters’ interactions to gain an understanding of the dynamic of the field as presented by the film. The findings suggest the asymmetrical position between Broadway and cinema leads to exertions of symbolic violence as portrayed by Birdman. The skillset to act is not a measurement for one to be called as an “actor”, rather it is the complex nexus between the field and the agent’s background that determines the legitimacy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: capital, legitimacy, symbolic power, trajectory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG4501-6051 Investment, capital formation, speculation
P Language and Literature
Divisions: 12. Fakultas Ilmu Budaya > Sastra Inggris
Edi Dwi RiyantoNIDN0022096905
Alexei WahyudiputraNIM122124153001
Depositing User: Mrs Nadia Tsaurah
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2023 06:32
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2023 22:28
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