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Review Society. This first volume groups together his first two years of teaching. Although these lectures do not present any previously unpublished ideas, they are not lacking in value. He therefore began his course with the basics: what do sociologists do? How do they do it? What is their object of study? What traps must they avoid? How should we address the divisions that people and groups incessantly create to differentiate themselves from one another? In this way, it is necessary to try and understand, for example, what criteria university professors use to define themselves and distinguish themselves from others.
Very often, exercising power means legitimately making distinctions, drawing boundaries and creating a group by delimiting it. All power is therefore coupled with symbolic power and possessing the latter makes it possible to impose known and recognised categories, to delineate a group in which these classifications are effective, to represent that group in all senses of the word , to speak with authority to that group and in its name, and, more generally, to impose a legitimate mode of representation of the social world.
And it is not insignificant that he devoted the whole of his first year of courses to the symbolic dimension of the social.
A field is a space of positions that only have meaning in relation to one other; the specificity of one position lies in the fact that it differs from other possible positions I am what the others are not. As he describes it here, the social world is organised around antagonistic poles according to an interplay of opposites and contrasts. The real is relational, and the relational is very often oppositional a boss is not a foreman, a foreman is not a manual worker, and a manual worker of French origin is not an immigrant worker, etc.
Our thousand different ways of classifying each other are also different ways of differentiating ourselves from others, whether consciously or subconsciously, and we often expend a phenomenal amount of energy defended boundaries that distinguish us from the people from whom we wish to be distinguished. While he states his filiation with structuralism, he reiterates his aversion to Marxist thinkers and the concept of ideology , which reduces representations to deceptive illusions.
He also opposes interactionist sociology, which does not give enough importance to the symbolic dimension of the social and could lead to a Machiavellian conception of history this small group was responsible for those actions, which resulted in these particular consequences, etc. In his view, sociology does not consist in observing visible interactions ; it analyses social relations and positions , with their hidden, subconscious, unthought and unsaid aspects.
Interactions are not necessarily essential in order for there to be a relation, just like objectivatable representations are not necessarily essential in order for there to be meaning. In short, in order to explain the logic of social spaces, the sociologist has to construct those very spaces. The courses that followed then studied the relations between habitus and field, analysed the relation between fields and capitals, and searched for invariants in the way these fields function.
The second volume of these courses therefore promises to be even more fascinating, and, together with this first volume, will form a draft of the large synthetic overview of his field theory that, in the end, Bourdieu never published. If you want to discuss this essay further, you can send a proposal to the editorial team redaction at laviedesidees.
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Review Society. This first volume groups together his first two years of teaching. Although these lectures do not present any previously unpublished ideas, they are not lacking in value. He therefore began his course with the basics: what do sociologists do? How do they do it? What is their object of study? What traps must they avoid?
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