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Outline of a theory of practice

"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
eBook, English, 1977
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K., 1977
1 online resource (viii, 248 pages) : illustrations
9781107266735, 9780511812507, 9781107269804, 1107266734, 0511812507, 1107269806
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
Electronic reproduction, [Place of publication not identified], HathiTrust Digital Library, 2021
Translation with revisions of Esquisse d'une théorie de la pratique