Thinking with Bourdieu against Bourdieu: A ‘Practical’ Critique of the Habitus

  title={Thinking with Bourdieu against Bourdieu: A ‘Practical’ Critique of the Habitus},
  author={Anthony King},
  journal={Sociological Theory},
  pages={417 - 433}
  • A. King
  • Published 1 November 2000
  • Philosophy
  • Sociological Theory
There are two strands in Bourdieu's sociological writings. On the one hand, Bourdieu argues for a theoretical position one might term his “practical theory” which emphasizes virtuosic interactions between individuals. On the other hand, and most frequently, Bourdieu appeals to the concept of the habitus according to which society consists of objective structures and determined—and isolated—individuals. Although Bourdieu believes that the habitus is compatible with his practical theory and… 

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