Journal article

Forms of knowledge and the love of necessity in Bourdieu’s clinical sociology

G MEAD

The Sociological Review | SAGE | Published : 2017

Abstract

The potential for sociological knowledge to assist in counteracting deleterious social forces remains a live problem. The present article approaches this from the perspective of the work of Pierre Bourdieu, and offers an explication of what can be called Bourdieu’s ‘clinical sociology’. This approach presents specifically personal modes of ‘counteracting’ those social forces that entrench themselves in the body. The article begins by examining the central position, within Bourdieu’s philosophical anthropology, of knowing the world as the primordial mode of engaging with it. The clinical task begins with people coming, reflexively, to know what they know. Once they appropriate this knowledge,..

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