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In Defence of Rules: Pierre Bourdieu en Grèce

Just, Roger (2005) In Defence of Rules: Pierre Bourdieu en Grèce. Journal of Mediterranean Studies, 15 (1). pp. 1-24. ISSN 1016-3476. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:721)

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Abstract

This paper tests both the validity and the usefulness of Bourdieu’s theoretical constructs in the context of a body of ethnographic data from Greece. Although sympathetic to Bourdieu’s overall approach, the paper offers a critique of his central notion of habitus and defends the use of ‘rules’ in anthropological discourse by arguing the importance of distinguishing between ‘rule-describable’ behaviour and ‘rule-governed’ behaviour, and by suggesting that Bourdieu’s habitus simply relocates everything traditionally adduced in the explanation of social behaviour within some form of internal state that itself remains a psychologistic ‘black-box’. In the absence of any account of the process of internalization, Bourdieu’s strongly internalized principles’ do no more than reduplicate those rules, rendering his concept of habitus largely redundant.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Bourdieu; habitus
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Nicola Kerry-Yoxall
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:26 UTC
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2020 15:56 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/721 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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