Journal article

Feminists re-reading Bourdieu

Julie McLeod

Theory and Research in Education | SAGE Publications | Published : 2005


There is a revival of interest in Bourdieu’s work and this article examines dominant trends within feminist re-engagements. It considers the insights into gender identity afforded by ‘habitus’ and ‘social field’, distinguishing between analyses of ‘gender habitus’, and the potential of habitus and social field for feminist analysis of change. Feminist responses to Bourdieu continue to be divided on the extent to which social field structure determines habitus, and there is a tendency to represent the relationship as too seamless and coherent. Drawing on debates within recent feminist sociology, notably the work of Lois McNay and Lisa Adkins, this article argues instead for greater acknowledg..

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