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Bourdieu and the application of habitus across the social sciences

Costa, Cristina and Murphy, Mark (2015) Bourdieu and the application of habitus across the social sciences. In: Bourdieu, Habitus and Social Research. Palgrave McMillan, London, pp. 3-20. ISBN 9781349554645

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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.