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Outline of a Theory of Practice

ISBN-10: 052129164X
ISBN-13: 9780521291644
Edition: 1977
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 1977
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/2/1977
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 255
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

Pierre Bourdieu(1930-2002) was professor of sociology at the Collège de France. He is the author or coauthor of more than twenty works, includingDistinction,Homo Academicus,Pascalian Meditations,On Television,State Nobility,Acts of Resistance,An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology, andScience of Science and Reflexivity, the last two also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Translator's foreword
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
Notes
Index

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