Ian Coller

Hot up your habitus

In Online Resources on May 7, 2010 at 5:17 am

Reading the work of social theorists helps us to question some of the assumptions we make about history.

Les classiques des sciences sociales

This site has essays from Foucault, Bourdieu, Weber, Braudel, Freud, Sartre, de Beauvoir and many others, plus downloadable classics of sociology, and work on contemporary questions like prisons and health. There are excellent sections on fascinating subjects like “Creole societies” and “Sociology of the family”.

It’s in French, but there are also some links to English texts.

Find out about Pierre Bourdieu’s conception of the habitus!

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This image is taken from Iohn Huighen van Linschoten his Discours of voyages into ye Easte & West Indies : deuided into foure bookes. London [1598].

It is from the US Library of Congress which has an amazing digital collection.

Here we can see that the concept of “habitus” has a long history. It’s particularly important in opening up questions about “cultural encounters”.

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