Outline of a Theory of Practice / Edition 1

Outline of a Theory of Practice / Edition 1

by Pierre Bourdieu
     
 

ISBN-10: 052129164X

ISBN-13: 9780521291644

Pub. Date: 06/28/1977

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Outline of a Theory of Practice is recognized as a major theoretical text on the foundations of anthropology and sociology. Pierre Bourdieu, a distinguished French anthropologist, develops a theory of practice which is simultaneously a critique of the methods and postures of social science and a general account of how human action should be understood. With his

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Outline of a Theory of Practice is recognized as a major theoretical text on the foundations of anthropology and sociology. Pierre Bourdieu, a distinguished French anthropologist, develops a theory of practice which is simultaneously a critique of the methods and postures of social science and a general account of how human action should be understood. With his central concept of the habitus, the principle which negotiates between objective structures and practices, Bourdieu is able to transcend the dichotomies which have shaped theoretical thinking about the social world. The author draws on his fieldwork in Kabylia (Algeria) to illustrate his theoretical propositions. With detailed study of matrimonial strategies and the role of rite and myth, he analyses the dialectical process of the 'incorporation of structures' and the objectification of habitus, whereby social formations tend to reproduce themselves. A rigorous consistent materialist approach lays the foundations for a theory of symbolic capital and, through analysis of the different modes of domination, a theory of symbolic power.

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ISBN-13:
9780521291644
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1977
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series, #16
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
200,370
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Translator's foreword; 1. The objective limits of objectivism; 2. Structures and the habitus; 3. Generative schemes and practical logic: invention within limits; 4. Structures, habitus, power: basis for a theory of symbolic power; Notes; Index.

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