Bourdieu and the application of habitus across the social sciences

Cristina Costa, Mark Murphy

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In his quest to transcend a set of interconnected dichotomies — structure-agency, subjectivism/objectivism, theory/practice — Pierre Bourdieu created a set of thinking tools that allowed him to explore different sociological phenomena, phenomena such as educational inequality cultural reproduction, social positioning and mobility, class and distinction, to name a few. In doing so, Bourdieu devised a set of relational concepts whose application aimed to understand, explain and disclose inequalities at different layers of society. These concepts were not meant to be used solely as theory, but rather as a theory-method, which became his career-long attempt to bridge the divide between theory and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBourdieu, Habitus and Social Research
Subtitle of host publicationThe Art of Application
EditorsCristina Costa, Mark Murphy
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2015


  • Bourdieu
  • habitus
  • social theory

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