After Bourdieu: Influence, Critique, Elaboration by David L. Swartz, Vera L. Zolberg

By David L. Swartz, Vera L. Zolberg

The main major French sociologist considering Durkheim, Pierre Bourdieu's impact on highbrow existence indicates no signal of abating. He was once a prolific and consequential student whose influence will be measured by way of the Social technology quotation Index and foreign surveys of lecturers. Conceptualizations, comparable to habitus and box, his heuristic remedy of cultural, financial, political, social and symbolic capital to research the makes use of of strength, and his insistence upon melding the customarily separated micro and macro degrees of societal theorizing at the moment are embedded within the simple vocabulary of sociology and anthropology. even if in accord along with his outlook, critical students are obliged to check themselves opposed to his demanding situations. Bourdieu additionally performed a substantial function as a public highbrow, taking positions on questions important to France and to the area extra usually. a lot of his contributions stem from his vital learn initiatives: colonialism, academic inequality, the social foundations of flavor within the arts and existence types, social replica of prestige relationships, and extra lately, the impression of unchecked globalism at the deprived. The articles during this publication symbolize a sampling of the newest and sturdy of the continuing conversations, debates, and examine orientations that Bourdieu introduced.

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One such gate-keeping mechanism, according to Bourdieu, is the examination (and, more generally, the whole set of evaluative practices) in the French educational system. 47 Cultural capital exists not only in the form of incorporated dispositions but also in the objectified, socially certified form of academic degrees. As desirable positions in the job market increasingly require formal educational qualifications, it becomes essential for parents to invest in a good education for their children, meaning one that will have sufficient “scarcity value” to be profitable on the job market.

61 Bourdieu’s conception of class usefully focuses attention on the pervasive class conditioning of practices in all domains of social life and on the mechanisms – especially class-specific dispositions – through which this pervasive effect is exerted. But the definition of class in terms of the coincidence of shared external conditions of existence and shared dispositions is problematic. For neither the system of internalized dispositions nor the totality of external conditions and conditionings is directly accessible to the sociologist, who can only impute shared dispositions or shared conditions of existence to groups of individuals on the basis of certain techniques.

That make up a style of life. The analyses on this level, especially those in the ethnographic mode, make for the most engaging reading in Distinction. Thus (to take an example from “the archetype of all taste,” the taste for food), we learn that working-class men don’t like fish, it being excessively delicate, insufficiently filling, and eaten “with restraint, in small mouthfuls, chewed gently, with the front of the mouth, on the tips of the teeth (because of the bones),” in a way that “totally contradicts the masculine way of eating .

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