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Outline of a theory of practice

Author: Pierre Bourdieu
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, ©1977.
Series: Cambridge studies in social and cultural anthropolog, 16.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pierre Bourdieu
ISBN: 052129164X 9780521291644
OCLC Number: 855283488
Notes: Index : 240-248.
Notes [bibliography] : 198-239.
Translation with revisions of Esquisse d'une théorie de la pratique.
Description: viii, 248 p. : ill. ; 23 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 and cultural anthropolog, 16.
Other Titles: Esquisse d'une théorie de la pratique.
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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