Language and Symbolic Power

Language and Symbolic Power

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This volume brings together Bourdieu's writings on the relations between language, culture and class. Bourdieu argues that language should be viewed not only as a means of communication, but also as a medium of power. He also attacks the more traditiona approaches to language and critizies in particular the linguistic theories of Saussure and Chomsky. Applying his distinctive approach, Bordieu sheds new light on the ways in which linguistic usage varies according to considerations such as class and gender. He also offers a new aproach to understanding the way in which language is used in the domain of politics. His theory of symbolic power has had influence in the fields of sociology and cultural studies.
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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 160.02 x 233.68 x 30.48mm | 612.35g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • French
  • 0745600972
  • 9780745600970

Table of contents

Part 1 The economy of linguistic exchanges: the production and reproduction of legitimate language; price formation and the anticipation of profits; did you say "popular"? Part 2 The social conditions of symbolic power: authorized language - the social conditions for the effectiveness of ritual discourse; rites of institution; description and prescription - the conditions of possibility and the limits of political effectiveness; censorship and the imposition of form. Part 3 Symbolic power and the political field: on symbolic power; political representation - elements for a theory of the political field; delegation and political fetishism; identity and representation - elements for a critical reflection on the idea of region; social space and the genesis of "classes".
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