Bourdieu Quotes : Capital, Distinction and Habitus

The Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu is a Marxist and Durkheimian sociology (= holistic), opposed to the Weber sociological approach (individualistic sociology). The Bourdieu’s field theory, according to which inequalities are expressed through particular social fields (religious sphere, sport, economic, …) renewed the social criticism.

Bourdieu and social inequality

– “The blindness to social inequality and condemns allows explaining all the inequalities, particularly in terms of academic achievements, such as natural inequalities, inequalities of gifts ”

– “The reproduction of social inequalities in school comes from the implementation of a formal egalitarianism, namely that the school treated as” equal rights “of individuals” uneven in fact “that is to say unequally prepared by their family culture to assimilate an educational message ”

– “The primary function of art is social … The cultural practice used to distinguish classes and class fractions, to justify the domination by one another”

Bourdieu, reproduction, and habitus

– “the habitus is the work product of inculcation and appropriation necessary for those products of collective history that are the objective structures (eg, language, economics, etc..) able to reproduce The form of lasting dispositions in all organisms (which can, if you will, call individuals) permanently subject to the same packaging, then placed in the same material conditions of existence ”

Bourdieu and politics

– “Politics aims to maintain market confidence and loses the confidence of the people”

Bourdieu, television and media

– “Television has a sort of monopoly on brain training for a very important part of the population ”


Further readings:

Culture in Philosophy

Polls and Public Opinion: Democracy in Dewey

Bourdieu Works

Codigo Promocional Sportingbet (in Portuguese)

Thesis about Bourdieu (in Spanish)


Cite this article as: Tim, "Bourdieu Quotes : Capital, Distinction and Habitus, November 5, 2011, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, November 5, 2011,

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