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The Bourdieu ParadigmThe Origins and Evolution of an Intellectual Social Project$
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Derek Robbins

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099397

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526127709

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The 1970s

The 1970s

(p.163) 7 The 1970s
The Bourdieu Paradigm

Derek Robbins

Manchester University Press

Bourdieu began in the 1970s to articulate an epistemological position which would protect the ‘practical sense’ of ordinary experience from the intrusions of the academic gaze. This chapter follows this development. Bourdieu developed a theory of social scientific understanding which would allow him to reconcile his inclination to respect the self-understandings of social agents with his equally strong inclination to subject social behaviour to systematic explanation. This chapter first examines Bourdieu’s articulation of his critique of structuralism. It then considers some of the texts in which he attempted to reconcile a constructivist orientation with its origins in structuralism.

Keywords:   theory of practice, epistemological breaks, Lévi-Strauss, Lévy-Bruhl, primary experience, objectivism, Weber, ‘field’ projects, distinction, practical sense

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