Pierre Bourdieu: Transformation Societies and the Middle Class

This article reconstructs Pierre Bourdieu's œuvre from his interest in transformation societies. The focus is on fundamental change in the objective structure of societies, a common characteristic of all three he treated in depth—Algerian in the 1950s and French in the 1960s and late 1900s. Bou...

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Published in:Middle East - Topics & Arguments
Main Author: Barlösius, Eva
Format: Journal Articles
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2014
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Summary:This article reconstructs Pierre Bourdieu's œuvre from his interest in transformation societies. The focus is on fundamental change in the objective structure of societies, a common characteristic of all three he treated in depth—Algerian in the 1950s and French in the 1960s and late 1900s. Bourdieu asked what uncertainties and miseries people feel when their <em>habitus</em> is overtaken by rapid change in objective structure. He concluded that their experience often results in a hysteresis effect and a split <em>habitus</em> and that members of the middle class in particular, because of their uncertain position in the social structure, suffer from both phenomena.
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/meta.2014.2.1312