Feminism After Bourdieu (Sociological Review Monographs) by Lisa Adkins, Beverley Skeggs

By Lisa Adkins, Beverley Skeggs

A gathering flooring for mainstream social idea and modern feminist theory.Brings feminist conception nose to nose with Pierre Bourdieu’s social concept. Demonstrates how a lot Bourdieu’s conception has to supply to modern feminism. contains a chain of contributions from key modern feminist thinkers. Defines new territories for feminist theorizing. Transforms and advances Bourdieu’s social and cultural concept.

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It follows, then, that not only are women rendered largely ‘invisible’ within the study of stratification, but furthermore that the existence of sexual inequalities becomes more or less disregarded (Goldthorpe, 1983:465). Goldthorpe argues that the conventional view provides the basis for a realistic appraisal of the position of women within social structures. On the increase in married women’s labour market participation, he comments that ‘although the degree of women’s economic dependence on their husbands may in this be somewhat mitigated, such employment typically forms part of a family strategy, or at all events, takes place within the possibilities and constraints of the class situation of the family as a whole’ (1983:469, emphasis added).

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Within the labour market, their holdings of cultural capital, their gender-habitus, and so on. Interestingly, Bourdieu limits himself to this level of analysis by and large, in his book length study of masculine domination – to women as occupants of positions among the dominated in social space and as bearers of a feminine habitus that signifies subjection (Bourdieu, 2001). But their status as the dominated gender does not cluster them together within his map of social space. We might usefully compare women with Bourdieu’s category of ‘cultural producers’, those whose holdings of cultural capital are high.

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