Putting Habitus Back in its Place? Reflections on the Homines in Extremis Debate

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This commentary reflects on Loic Wacquant’s interpretation of the concept of habitus as developed in his response to critics of his article published in this journal, Homines in Extremis. His comments on collective habitus and fieldless habitus in particular are deemed questionable, not just on the grounds that they break from the relational logic of Bourdieu’s sociology but because they sit uneasily with findings unearthed in a diverse array of empirical studies. Some constructive comments are offered on notions he rejects or obscures, and a distinction between ‘field analysis’ and ‘lifeworld analysis’ is introduced to encapsulate the difference between analysing habitus in relation to an individual field and examining individual habitus in relation to multiple fields.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-116
Number of pages14
JournalBody and Society
Issue number4
Early online date29 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


  • Bourdieu
  • field
  • habitus

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