Category Archives: Bourdieu

Gender, Habitus and the Field: Pierre Bourdieu and the Limits of Reflexivity

This article argues that the failure of certain theories of reflexive identity transformation to consider more fully issues connected to gender identity leads to an overemphasis on the expressive possibilities thrown up by processes of detraditionalization. By ignoring certain deeply … Continue reading

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Philosophy and Social Science: Introducing Bourdieu and Passeron

This text derives from a recording, and transcripts, of the introduction which Althusser gave on 6 December 1963, to a seminar for students in the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, offered at his invitation by Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron. Althusser … Continue reading

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Reading ‘Race’ in Bourdieu? Examining Black Cultural Capital

This article extends Bourdieu’s notion of cultural capital in relation to ‘race’ and ethnicity by exploring the significance of black cultural capital among middle class black Caribbean young people in a large state school in south London. Black cultural capital … Continue reading

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Pierre Bourdieu – La opinión pública no existe

Me gustaría decir en primer lugar que mi punto no es denunciar de manera mecánica y fácil las encuestas de opinión, pero para llevar a cabo un análisis riguroso de sus operaciones y sus funciones. Esto implica que los tres … Continue reading

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Pierre Bourdieu – Sociología y Democracia

Tengo la convicción, como todo investigador, que la sociología puede contribuir a una acción política realmente democrática, a un gobierno de todos los ciudadanos capaz de asegurar la felicidad de todos los ciudadanos. Esta convicción, quisiera tratar de compartirla, – … Continue reading

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Pierre Bourdieu – Capital simbólico y clases sociales

En esta breve pero densa pieza, escrita para un número especial del journal L’Arc dedicado al historiador medieval Georges Duby (cuya gigantesca obra Bourdieu admiraba y se basaba por su escrupulosa genealogía de la estructura mental y social de la … Continue reading

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Bourdieu’s Homo Academicus

What is most fascinating about Bourdieu’s analysis is that it reveals that the higher one’s position in the field of academic power, the greater the conformity required. The type of training required of doctors and jurists appears to be a … Continue reading

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How Bourdieu bites back: Misrecognition in Education and Educational Research

Having noted that some use of Bourdieusian concepts in educational research is superficial, this paper offers a view of the distinctiveness of Bourdieu’s concepts via the example of misrecognition, which is differentiated from the concept with the same name in … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism is not a theory of everything: a Bourdieuian analysis of illusio in educational research

Despite the frequency with which the concept of neoliberalism is employed within academic literature, its complex and multifaceted nature makes it difficult to define and describe. Indeed, data reported in this article suggest that there is a tendency in educational … Continue reading

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Symbolic Violence and Collective Identity: Pierre Bourdieu and the Ethics of Resistance

Social movement researchers have only recently begun to make use of the rich explanatory leverage offered by Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of practice. The normative implications of his framework remain almost entirely undeveloped. This paper seeks to redress these shortcomings by … Continue reading

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