The Endless Fields of Pierre Bourdieu

  title={The Endless Fields of Pierre Bourdieu},
  author={Roger Friedland},
  pages={887 - 917}
Laying out the logic of Bourdieu’s approach to institutional fields, this essay argues that Bourdieu’s theorization of the logic of practice is a generic contest for domination in a plurality of homologously organized fields. Bourdieu aligns all practices through the logic of domination, which allows him to homologize group relations in every field. This homologization depends on a homogenization of fields, the sociological effacement of their cultural specificity. The essay then contrasts… 
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