Contemporary Theorist : Pierre Bourdieu And His Theory Of Habitus And Practice

756 Words Mar 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Throughout history and up until our modern day, class conflict, violence, and the desire to dominate have always existed amongst human beings. The “fetish” of one group or sets of people depicting how “constructive structuralism” should look like and operate has contributed to the disparities within our society because of the ways in which we communicate with the general population. Many of the discontents and conflicts that exists in our world between different global hegemonies and globalization result from sudden political and/or economic changes which eventually influence social norms and culture values. Since these factors tend to be implemented by a group of people through the means of policies and division of labor, generational inheritances have widened the gap of societal segregation on a micro and macro level, socially and economically. In this paper I will attempt to demonstrate how contemporary theorist, Pierre Bourdieu, and his theory of habitus and practice correlate to Jurgen Habermas’ concept of the “social system and the life-world”. Pierre Bourdieu explains how habitus, the mental structure through which people deal with the social world, is deeply ingrained in lifestyle and skill, meaning “an embodied system of tastes, disposition, ideas, and culture capital are influenced greatly by individual socioeconomics… structured structure and a structuring structure” (lecture, 03.09). The habitus operating in the form of structure, however people are not…

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