The Logic of Practice

The Logic of Practice

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This book offers a statement and development of Bourdieu's work in the field of anthropology. Drawing on his own field work as well as a wide range of ethnographic and anthropological texts, Bourdieu unfolds a theoretical perspective which aims to do justice to the practical logic of everyday action as well as the objective structures within which such action takes place. A thorough understanding of practice requires the anthropologist to move beyond objectivism and subjectivism and grasp, by means of the concept of "habitus", the interplay of structures and practices in the ongoing conduct of everyday life. Bourdieu applies his theoretical perspective to the analysis of kinship patterns, the social construction of domestic space, social categories of perception and classification and ritualized actions and exchanges.
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  • Hardback | 420 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 593g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • French
  • 14 figures, bibliography, index
  • 0745605974
  • 9780745605975

Table of contents

Part 1 Critique of theoretical reason: objectifying objectification; the imaginary anthropology of subjectivism; structures, habitus, practices; belief and the body; the logic of practice; the work of time; symbolic capital; modes of domination; the objectivity of the subjective. Part 2 Practical logics: land and matrimonial strategies; the social uses of kinship; irresistible analogy.
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