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Language and Symbolic Power


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Preface. Editor's Introduction. General Introduction. Part I: The Economy of Linguistic Exchanges:. Introduction. 1. The Production and Reproduction of Legitimate Language. 2. Price Formation and the Anticipation of Profits. Part II: The Social Institution of Symbolic Power:. Introduction. 3. Authorized Language:. The Social Conditions for the Effectiveness of Ritual Discourse. . 4. Rites of Institution. 5. Description and Prescription:. The Conditions of Possibility and the Limits of Political Effectiveness. 6. Censorship and the Imposition of Form. Part III: Symbolic Power and the Political Field:. 7. On Symbolic Power. 8. Political Representation:. Elements for a Theory of the Political Field. . 9. Delegation and Political Fetishism. 10. Identity and Representation:. Elements for a Critical Reflection on the Idea of Region. . 11. Social Space and the Genesis of 'Classes'. Notes. Index.

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Pierre Bourdieu was Professor of Sociology at the College de France.


"Linguists, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, folklorists converge more and more today in studies of situated discourse. The link between the dynamics of situations and the dynamics of society as a whole goes largely neglected. For that articulation one needs the resources of a social theory. Here Bourdieu's analyses of symbolic power and practice are our best resource; one might say they are indispensable. The starting point is not the uniform language of educational elites and formal linguists, but expressive styles; not social structure as fixed and given, but fields and fractions in which identities are ever-contested; power as collusion as well as compulsion; configurations that theory not only discloses but also effects; all in all, a perspective that is both sceptical and empirical, broad yet subtle, engaged and insightful." Professor Dell Hymes, University of Virginia

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