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Bourdieu and Affect

Towards a Theory of Affective Affinities

By Steven Threadgold

Published

29 Jul 2020

Page count

194 pages

ISBN

978-1529206616

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

29 Jul 2020

Page count

194 pages

ISBN

978-1529206647

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

29 Jul 2020

Page count

194 pages

ISBN

978-1529206647

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Bourdieu and Affect

Steven Threadgold’s study represents the first comprehensive engagement of Pierre Bourdieu’s influential sociology with affect theory.

With empirical research and examples from sociology, it develops a theory of “Affective Affinities,” deepening our understanding of how everyday moments contribute to the construction and remaking of social class and aspects of inequalities. It identifies new ways to consider the strengths and weaknesses of Bourdieusian principles and their interaction with new developments in social theory.

This is a stimulating read for students, researchers and academics across studies in youth, education, labour markets, pop culture, media, consumption and taste.

Threadgold's tour de force through the key concepts in Bourdieu’s work is both convincing and innovative. He successfully highlights and develops affective dimensions of Bourdieu’s concepts." Signe Ravn, University of Melbourne.

"This project takes existing scholarship forward by truly initiating a dialogue between scholars of Bourdieu and specialists of affect theory." Geoffrey Mead, University of Melbourne

Steven Threadgold is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His research focusses on youth and class, with interests in unequal and alternate career trajectories; underground and independent creative scenes; and cultural formations of taste.

Introduction: Towards a Bourdieusian Sociology of Affective Practice

Illusio, Social Gravity and Social Magic: Motivation and Aspirations

Habitus: An Effective Resevoir of Immanent Dispositions

Fields, Settings, Atmospheres

The Affectivity of the Forms of Capitals

Symbolic Violence and Affective Affinities

Statis and Change: Innovators, Affective Poles, Reflexivity, Irony

Homo Economicus Must Die: Towards a Figure of the Accumulated Being

Conclusion