Class Notes, 16 Apr. 2012

Reading Bourdieu and A Girl Like Me: or Reading A Girl Like Me With Bourdieu’s sociology . . .

from

Bourdieu, Pierre. “The Economy of Symbolic Goods.” Practical Reason: On the Theory of Action. Trans. Randal Johnson. Stanford:
Stanford UP, 1998. Print.

These common
dispositions [tendencies, habits], and the shared doxa [common belief, popular
opinion] they establish, are the product of an identical or similar
socialization leading to the generalized incorporation of the structures of the
market of symbolic goods in the form of cognitive structures in agreement with
the objective structures of that market. Symbolic violence rests on the
adjustment between the structures constitutive of the habitus of the dominated
and the structure of the relation of domination to which they apply:

 

the dominated perceive the dominant through the categories that the
relation of domination has produced
and which are thus identical to the interests of the dominant.

Dominated: African
American children

Dominant: White
society

relation of domination: white supremacy, “white is
good, black is bad”

 

Because the economy
of symbolic goods is based on belief, or crisis of belief, that is, in
continuity or rupture with the principle of its reproduction or crisis is found
in the reproduction the adjustment between mental structures (categories of
perception and appreciation, systems of preference) and objective structures.
But the rupture cannot result from a simple awakening of consciousness; the
transformation of the objective structures of which they are the product and
which they can survive. (121-122)

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Doxa: common belief, popular opinion, doctrine, Greek,

Orthodox

Habitus: disposition; way of living, state of mind,
behavior,

Cognitive structures/objective structures

 

Symbolic goods: markets, exchange, symbols, ideas: a market of ideas, symbols, meanings circulating; some ideas are more valuable than others . . .

Common dispositions: body, shared socialization teaches folks how to use their bodies in ways that may be similar with folks who were socialized the same way, or in an identical or similar way

 

Interpretation

habits and beliefs are a lifelong process; not one day behavior,
it’s a process. We think rationalize our beliefs.

 

People living together accept the same values and norms.
Dominant groups imposes a certain values will be accepted by everyone.

 

–beliefs create cultures, goods, behaviors, they will be
carried on. The goods are based on beliefs.

 

–social structure is set up

 

–cognitive: the way we think

Possible search terms:  “social inequality” + “college””

the dominated perceive the dominant through the categories that the relation of domination has produced and which are thus identical to the interests of the dominant”  (121).

TRANS to A Girl Like Me:  The dominated African American children perceive Anglo society through the relation of white supremacy, the interests of which are identical to Anglo society. African American children perceive their racial oppression through the categories of Anglo society instituted for generations.

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