This paper argues that Bourdieu’s oeuvre presents a radically new set of images on man and society in which language, as object and practice, assumes a key role. Three aspects of Bourdieu’s work are highlighted: (1) Bourdieu’s New Left-inspired search for a “socialized humanity” and his related interest in American symbolic interactionism; (2) the particular “methodological loop” he constructed in his work, in which ethnographic insight was used as the foundation for statistical work, which in turn yielded new ethnographic issues; (3) the development of “nexus concepts” such as habitus, in which the traditional “micro-macro” divide was crossed, leading to an analytic of “the big in the small” which enables ethnographic generalization. These three points, I argue, continue to serve as a fertile source of inspiration for innovative and explorative research into language in society.
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 13 Feb 2015|
|Name||Working Papers in Urban Language and Literacies|
Blommaert, J. M. E. (2015). Pierre Bourdieu and Language in Society. (Working Papers in Urban Language and Literacies; No. 153). https://www.academia.edu/10769952/WP153_Blommaert_2015._Pierre_Bourdieu_and_language_in_society