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The Economic Sociologies of Pierre Bourdieu
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2011 (English)In: Cultural Sociology, Vol. 5, no 1, 67-82 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Instead of trying to locate

the economic sociology of Bourdieu, I argue that his analysis of the economy was developed over such a long time period, is so rich and goes in so many interesting directions, that we are justified in speaking of Bourdieu’s economic sociologies in the plural. While most sociologists know about Bourdieu’s study Distinction (1986) and its analysis of consumption, there is less awareness of the fact that Bourdieu himself, towards the end of his life, said that he had produced three major studies of economic topics. These are: his work in Algeria on ‘the economy of honour and "good faith"’ (1950s and 1960s); his study of credit (Bourdieu et al., 1963); and his study of the economy of single-family houses (Bourdieu et al., 1999). These three studies are presented and discussed in detail, and so is Bourdieu’s attempt to formulate a general program for ‘economic anthropology’ in his article ‘The Economic Field’ (1997), drawing on such concepts as field, habitus and capital. Some critique has been directed at Bourdieu’s analysis of the economy, and this is also discussed.


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2011. Vol. 5, no 1, 67-82 p.
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-49653DOI: 10.1177/1749975510389712OAI: diva2:378934
Available from: 2010-12-16 Created: 2010-12-16 Last updated: 2012-01-20Bibliographically approved

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