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Bourdieu Reading Bourdieu introduced the concept of cultural capital, wealth based on social status and education, noting that success in school and society depends largely on the individual's ability to absorb the cultural ethos, or what he termed habitus , of the dominant class. Influenced by structuralism , he suggested that habitus is similar to yet more fundamental than a language. Reveal the dynamics of power relations in social life. From Max Weber he retained the importance of domination and social order. From Durkheim he inherited a structuralist interpretation of social order in that they reproduce themselves. Bourdieu theorizes that class fractions teach aesthetic preferences to their young. Class fractions are determined by a combination of the varying degrees of social, economic, and cultural capital . Bourdieu hypothetically guarantees that the opinions of the young are those that they are born into, the accepted “definitions that their elders offer them” According to Bourdieu, tastes in food, culture and presentation are indicators of class because trends in their consumption seemingly correlate with an individual’s fit in society Bourdieu uses the concept of field : a structured social space with its own rules, schemes of domination, legitimate opinions and so on. Habitus is adopted through upbringing and education. It refers to social space and is bound up with the system of dispositions (habitus). Habitus  is his term for the regulated form of improvisation  that characterizes daily life
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2010 for the course SOC 150B taught by Professor Szaz during the Spring '10 term at University of California, Santa Cruz.

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