scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,914
Discuss the relationship between culture and power in Bourdieus work Pierre Bourdieu is regarded as being one of the most important thinkers in modern European history His work is hugely respected not only in the field of Sociology he is also a well respected Anthropologist and Philosopher Bourdieu was born in France in 1930 the son of a Postmaster He came from quite a poor backdrop and was very conscious of his class background which may explain why class and social status was one of the key areas of his work He deals with many different areas in his work applying various theories such as Habitus Field and Capital to the different areas he studies One of the main aims in his work was to show structures of domination and how they worked struggles for recognition are a fundamental dimension of social life Bourdieu 199022 His analyses of culture and power and the relationship between the two of them is a fascinating and multidimensional area of his work and will be the main focus of this essay First of all I think it is important to briefly clarify some of Bourdieus phrases which he uses constantly as tools for analysing the social world Firstly Habitus is described as an acquired system of generative schemes objectively adjusted to the particular conditions in which it is constituted Jenkins 199274 or put more simply is the mental structures through which they Agents apprehend the social world Bourdieu 1990 13031 Secondly a field is a social arena within which struggles or manoeuvres take place over specific resources or stakes and access to them Jenkins 199284 Lastly comes Capital of which he believed there were 4 types Economic Capital Cultural Capital Social Capital and Symbolic Capital The two most basic of these forms are Economic Capital and Cultural Capital By Economic Capital Bourdieu was referring to material and financial assets whereas Cultural Capital consisted of scarce symbolic goods
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA