The Habitus

“In Bourdieu’s work, habitus can be defined as a system of durable and transposable “dispositions” (lasting, acquired schemes of perception, thought and action). The individual agent develops these dispositions in response to the determining structures (such as class, family, and education) and external conditions (field)s they encounter. They are therefore neither wholly voluntary nor wholly involuntary.” – Bourdieu’s Habitus (Wikipedia)

“The habitus disposes actors to do certain things, it provides a basis for the generation of practices. Practices are produced in and by the encounter between the habitus and its dispositions, on one hand, and the constraints, demands and opportunities of the social field or market to which the habitus is appropriate or within which the actor is moving, on the other.” – Excerpt from Pierre Bourdieu by Richard Jenkins

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~ by richardphantastica on July 24, 2009.

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