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Outline of a Theory of Practice (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology) Paperback – June 30, 1977

ISBN-13: 978-0521291644 ISBN-10: 052129164X Edition: 1St Edition

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  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Book 16)
  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1St Edition edition (June 30, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052129164X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521291644
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[Outline of a theory of practice] can be highly recommended as a complex and often beautifully written piece of philosophical literature.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

'Few bodies of work are so systematic, so comprehensive, so creative, so fertile as Bourdieu's. Few theorists glide so adroitly between levels and styles of analysis, and few reach so keenly to the heart of so many analytic issues.' American Journal of Sociology

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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) was one of the most influential social scientists of the twentieth century. A professor of sociology at the Collège de France, he is the author of thirty-six books, including Distinction, named one of the twentieth century's ten most important works of sociology.

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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin R. Bates on October 28, 2000
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For anyone interested in cultural studies or in ethnology/ anthropology/ sociology, _Outline_ is a must read.
Bourdieu, a teacher of Foucault, has been rated France's 2nd most influential scholar (after Foucault) and for good reason. In _Outline_, Bourdieu provides a well-grounded introduction to his main concepts and gives a great deal of supporting detail to support his interpretations.
At times, his descriptions of the Kabyle culture seem to be far too long for persons who are reading him as a general social theorist. If you do not have a deep-rooted love of sociology or other culturally-immersive social sciences, you might prefer his _Logic of Practice_, which has less ethnology in it, or _Practical Reason_, which has nearly none.
If you are a student of culture, however, you will find these extended examples to be excellent background material and useful illustrations of Bourdieu's concepts.
In terms of writing style, Bourdieu is uneconomical, but the payoff is worth slogging through his difficult prose.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lazy reviewer on April 24, 2010
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As far as I know, this is Bourdieu's best book; the rest is mainly an elaboration of this early work. It is indeed very dense, in large part because it is aiming to doing two things at once: write deep, insightful ethnography about Kabyle society, and simultaneously develop ever-deepening theory amazingly well exemplified by the ethnography. Achieving either of those goals is difficult; achieving both at once, as fully as Bourdieu did, is astonishing and unsurpassed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ari Rosner-Salazar on September 10, 2013
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I bought this book, and am glad that I did because I needed about 10 pages on "habitus" for My Dissertation. This is very hard to read, potentially because it is translated from French. My main challenge was that the sentences--though technically grammatically correct using commas, hyphens and parentheses--are quite long with multiple thoughts (see how I am imitating the style in this very sentence?), making it very difficult to understand what the writer is saying (short of eliminating dependent clauses, parenthetical statements, and extraneous thoughts that are interjected (quite frequently) throughout.
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Bourdieu has introduced a lot of very helpful concepts to the social sciences. His contributions to frameworks such as fields of power and forms of capital have been critical in helping social scientists and philosophers to rethink economism and modern society. "Habitus" is also an interesting concept as Bourdieu further elaborates it, but I find Bourdieu's elaboration in this volume somewhat questionable (see below). In "Outline of a Theory of Practice," Bourdieu basically uses fieldwork in Kabylia (northern Algeria) to argue that that cultural structures are absorbed into the unconscious structures of our minds, creating a predetermined framework ("habitus") within which individuals work. Further, cultural practices that are not perceived as economic often fulfill economic functions, although to question their motivations as mere economism is taboo. The structures of society are reflected in and mediated through places of everyday life, such as the domicile, and in practices such as gift giving. Essentially, culture reproduces itself by structuring the practices of individuals within the group; powerful figures within the culture are often able to (consciously or unconsciously) shape these structures to reproduce their own dominance within the system. In pre-capitalist social systems, dominant groups sacrifice economic power in favor of "symbolic capital" that reinforces and reproduces their dominant position within the system, but they must constantly and consciously involve themselves in social actions that generate their symbolic capital. Symbolic capital may be drawn upon at points to generate economic capital, as when voluntary labor mobilized by a chief or spiritual leader lays the base for economic accumulation.Read more ›
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