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Outline of a theory of practice

Author: Pierre Bourdieu
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1977.
Series: Cambridge studies in social anthropology, no. 16.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pierre Bourdieu
ISBN: 0521211786 9780521211789 052129164X 9780521291644
OCLC Number: 2523221
Language Note: Translation with revisions of Esquisse d'une théorie de la pratique.
Performer(s): ISBN 0-521-29164-x Pbk : £2.95.
Description: viii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The objective limits of objectivism --
Structures and the habitus --
Generative schemes and practical logic : invention within limits --
Structures, habitus, power: basis for a theory of symbolic power.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in social anthropology, no. 16.
Other Titles: Esquisse pour une auto-analyse.
Responsibility: Pierre Bourdieu ; translated by Richard Nice.
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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."--Publisher description.

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