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PART IV - FIELD CONDITIONS

Michael Grenfell
Affiliation:
Trinity College, Dublin
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Introduction to Part IV

Throughout this book, the integrated nature of Bourdieu's key concepts has been stressed. They are not single features of social systems but particular foci of the same thing; two sides of the same coin. Nevertheless, it is possible to alight on each individual concept for a particular view of social phenomena; especially with respect to individual aspects of them. Part III addressed four concepts under the title of “Field mechanisms”, and the intention there was to examine terms which highlighted the structure of fields and how they operate according to Bourdieu's theory of practice. The focus there was towards objective mechanisms: the structures, medium of operation and features that arose from their procedures. Part IV of this book now turns towards the more subjective dimensions of fields. Accepting that the objective and subjective are always mutually implicated and expressed, it is nevertheless possible to move our orientation from one side to the other. The four concepts in the present Part all deal with the more individual or subjective nature of field conditions; in other words, how fields are present in individuals and their repercussions.

Chapter 9 deals with interest. Here, we consider the way field conditions make for the emergence of particular interests, whether these be class based or otherwise. The chapter draws out the implications of “interested” actions for both the researched and the researcher, and asks the question, “Can there be such a thing as a disinterested act”? Interests often express the most personal and deeply private, that raise issues of motivation and aim.

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Pierre Bourdieu
Key Concepts
, pp. 149 - 152
Publisher: Acumen Publishing
Print publication year: 2008

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  • FIELD CONDITIONS
  • Edited by Michael Grenfell, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Book: Pierre Bourdieu
  • Online publication: 05 February 2013
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/UPO9781844654031.013
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  • Edited by Michael Grenfell, Trinity College, Dublin
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  • FIELD CONDITIONS
  • Edited by Michael Grenfell, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Book: Pierre Bourdieu
  • Online publication: 05 February 2013
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/UPO9781844654031.013
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