Some further (orthodox?) Bourdieusian reflections on the notions of ‘institutional habitus’ and ‘family habitus’ – unexpurgated

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Abstract

This paper is an unedited version of a reply to Burke et al's (forthcoming) response to my critique of the notions of 'institutional habitus' and 'family habitus' in the sociology of education. It begins by welcoming the work done by the threesome to distance themselves from some of the clumsier uses of the terms in previous research but then, via a revisiting of the three fatal flaws underscored in the original paper, points out that the processes and themes supposedly spotlighted by the new concepts have already been named and conceived by Bourdieu but much more clearly and coherently. Finally, I contemplate the trio's strategy of positioning themselves and their misapprehension of Bourdieu as a gallant heterodoxy compared to the crude and uncritical orthodoxy that my own efforts supposedly represent.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSPAIS, University of Bristol
Volume12-12
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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