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Class, Culture and Politics: On the Relevance of a Bourdieusian Concept of Class in Political Sociology

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  • Gitte Sommer Harrits, Danmark
Even though contemporary discussions of class have moved forward towards recognizing a multidimensional concept of class, empirical analyses tend to focus on cultural practices in a rather narrow sense, that is, as practices of cultural consumption or practices of education. As a result, discussions within political sociology have not yet utilized the merits of a multidimensional conception of class. In light of this, the article suggests a comprehensive Bourdieusian framework for class analysis, integrating culture as both a structural phenomenon co-constitutive of class and as symbolic practice. Further, the article explores this theoretical framework in a multiple correspondence analysis of a Danish survey, demonstrating how class and political practices are indeed homologous. However, the analysis also points at several elements of field autonomy, and the concluding discussion therefore suggests the need for further studies.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftSociological Review
Vol/bind61
Nummer1
Sider (fra-til)172-202
Antal sider31
ISSN0038-0261
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2013

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