Habitus: A Sense of Place

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Habitus is a concept developed by the late French philosopher, Pierre Bourdieu, as a 'sense of one's place...a sense of the other's place'. It relates to our perceptions of space and place and how these perceptions affect our actions, not only in shaping the form of environments, but also simply in our experience and interaction with places.

Habitus implies that a web of complex processes inseparably links the physical, the social and the mental. Inspired by this concept, this compelling book brings together leading scholars to examine ways in which space and place are constructed, read and used by different people. Following a key chapter by Pierre Bourdieu himself, the book is divided into sections guided by the following three questions:

How does the notion of Habitus help us understand international and national political structures and activities?Does Habitus help explain processes of place-making in relation to practices of the built environment?How durable is habitus: might it undergo transformation in changing circumstances?

The last publication Pierre Bourdieu was involved with, it is a tribute to his remarkable contribution to the field.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to second edition : committed scholarship 3
1 Introduction to first edition 19
2 Habitus 43
3 Democracy and the question of power 53
4 Politics : territorial or non-territorial? 68
5 Toleration and the art of international governance : how is it possible to 'live together' in a fragmenting international system? 83
6 Which kind of public space for a democratic habitus? 109
7 Metropolitan liberalism and colonial autocracy 117
8 Governmentality and regional economic strategies 131
9 Mind the gap 161
10 Place, identity and governance : transforming discourses and practices 189
11 Difference, fear and habitus : a political economy of urban fears 219
12 Spectral cities : where the repressed returns and other short stories 235
13 Crime and the design of the built environment : Anglo-American comparisons of policy and practice 258
14 The silent complicity of architecture 283
15 Belonging : towards a theory of identification with space 297
16 Place-making as project? : habitus and migration in transnational cities 315
17 Enduring landscape, changing habitus : the Sa'dan Toraja of Sulawesi, Indonesia 334
18 The endurance of Aboriginal women in Australia 356
19 Belonging, naming and decolonisation 371
20 Conclusions 395
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