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    DescriptionOur usual representations of the opposition between the "civilized" and the "primitive" derive from willfully ignoring the relationship of distance our social science sets up between the observer and the observed. In fact, the author argues, the relationship between the anthropologist and his object of study is a particular instance of the relationship between knowing and doing, interpreting and using, symbolic mastery and practical mastery - or between logical logic, armed with all the accumulated instruments of objectification, and the universally pre-logical logic of practice. In this, his fullest statement of a theory of practice, Bourdieu both sets out what might be involved in incorporating one's own standpoint into an investigation and develops his understanding of the powers inherent in the second member of many oppositional pairs - that is, he explicates how the practical concerns of daily life condition the transmission and functioning of social or cultural forms. The first part of the book, "Critique of Theoretical Reason," covers more general questions, such as the objectivization of the generic relationship between social scientific observers and their objects of study, the need to overcome the gulf between subjectivism and objectivism, the interplay between structure and practice (a phenomenon Bourdieu describes via his concept of the habitus), the place of the body, the manipulation of time, varieties of symbolic capital, and modes of domination. The second part of the book, "Practical Logics," develops detailed case studies based on Bourdieu's ethnographic fieldwork in Algeria. These examples touch on kinship patterns, the social construction of domestic space, social categories of perception and classification, and ritualized actions and exchanges. This book develops in full detail the theoretical positions sketched in Bourdieu's Outline of a Theory of Practice. It will be especially useful to readers seeking to grasp the subtle concepts central to Bourdieu's theory, to theorists interested in his points of departure from structuralism (especially fom Levi-Strauss), and to critics eager to understand what role his theory gives to human agency. It also reveals Bourdieu to be an anthropological theorist of considerable originality and power.


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    Title
    The Logic of Practice
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Pierre Bourdieu, Translated by Richard Nice
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 340
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780804720113
    ISBN 10: 0804720118
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27440
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    BIC subject category V2: JHMC
    B&T General Subject: 750
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    BIC subject category V2: JHBA
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    LC classification: H
    Abridged Dewey: 300
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A33060000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SOC024000
    DC22: 301.01
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 306.83
    Thema V1.0: JHMC, JHBA
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Stanford University Press
    Imprint name
    Stanford University Press
    Publication date
    01 August 1992
    Publication City/Country
    Palo Alto
    Review quote
    'A writer whose intellectual passion is continuously supported by empirical observation, Pierre Bourdieu is particularly attractive to English traditions of social criticism. An English translation of this important book is very welcome. What was formerly exciting but arcane in his work becomes excitingly accessible because he explains his various theoretical standpoints as part of a single grand project: to interpret the whole of human communication, including the use of the body in all possible spatial and calendrical frameworks.'Mary Douglas
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    Our usual representations of the opposition between the "civilized" and the "primitive" derive from willfully ignoring the relationship of distance our social science sets up between the observer and the observed. In fact, the author argues, the relationship between the anthropologist and his object of study is a particular instance of the relationship between knowing and doing, interpreting and using, symbolic mastery and practical mastery--or between logical logic, armed with all the accumulated instruments of objectification, and the universally pre-logical logic of practice. In this, his fullest statement of a theory of practice, Bourdieu both sets out what might be involved in incorporating one's own standpoint into an investigation and develops his understanding of the powers inherent in the second member of many oppositional pairs--that is, he explicates how the practical concerns of daily life condition the transmission and functioning of social or cultural forms. The first part of the book, "Critique of Theoretical Reason," covers more general questions, such as the objectivization of the generic relationship between social scientific observers and their objects of study, the need to overcome the gulf between subjectivism and objectivism, the interplay between structure and practice (a phenomenon Bourdieu describes via his concept of the habitus), the place of the body, the manipulation of time, varieties of symbolic capital, and modes of domination. The second part of the book, "Practical Logics," develops detailed case studies based on Bourdieu's ethnographic fieldwork in Algeria. These examples touch on kinship patterns, the social construction of domestic space, social categories of perception and classification, and ritualized actions and exchanges. This book develops in full detail the theoretical positions sketched in Bourdieu's Outline of a Theory of Practice. It will be especially useful to readers seeking to grasp the subtle concepts central to Bourdieu's theory, to theorists interested in his points of departure from structuralism (especially fom Levi-Strauss), and to critics eager to understand what role his theory gives to human agency. It also reveals Bourdieu to be an anthropological theorist of considerable originality and power.
    Table of contents
    Preface; Book I. Critique od Theoretical Reason: 1. Objectification objectified; 2. The imaginary anthropology of subjectivism; 3. Structures, habitus, practices; 4. Belief and the body; 5. The logic of practice; 6. The work of time; 7. Symbolic capital; 8. Modes of domination; 9. The objectivity of the subjective; Book II. Practical Logics: 1. Land and matrimonial strategies; 2. The social uses of kinship; 3. Irresistible analogy; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index.