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Outline of a Theory of Practice

Outline of a Theory of Practice

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: June 1977
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521291644

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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.

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    • Date Published: June 1977
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521291644
    • length: 255 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 151 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.413kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Translator's foreword
    1. The objective limits of objectivism
    2. Structures and the habitus
    3. Generative schemes and practical logic: invention within limits
    4. Structures, habitus, power: basis for a theory of symbolic power
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    Pierre Bourdieu, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
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    Translator

    Richard Nice
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