Pierre Bourdieu's Outline of a Theory of Practice

1st Edition

Rodolfo Maggio

Macat Library
Published February 21, 2018
Reference - 112 Pages
ISBN 9781912284627 - CAT# K338605
Series: The Macat Library

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Summary

In Outline of a Theory of Practice, Bourdieu questions the preeminent ideas of social anthropologists such as Levi-Strauss who stressed the structural principles governing human action rather than the actions themselves and, Bourdieu asserts, doesn’t account for all observable nuances of behaviour. Drawing on his fieldwork in Algeria, he expresses the need for a theory of practice focusing on the dynamic flow of human actions in the social world. Bourdieu coins the term ‘habitus’- a relational concept linking structures to the practice of agents. Outline is a significant and original contribution, providing an account of many of the issues Bourdieu continued to develop through his career.

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