File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_1997/may12, message 47

Date: Mon, 28 Apr 1997 22:45:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: The State Nobility

On Mon, 28 Apr 1997, Patrick Scott wrote:

> As for transposability, did Bourdieu claim that the field he illustrated
> within France was capable of being used as a model for all state-level
> societies?  This would seem a bit odd to me, as the understanding of a
> field would seem to rely upon the specific positions within it--positions
> that should vary from nation to nation. 

Absolutely, but surely there are greater and smaller variances?  It just 
seems to me that this particular analysis (this particular field) is more 
specific to France than most of the fiels Bourdieu analyzes.

On the other hand, I just got a very interesting message from Rakesh 
Bhandari suggesting the the Indian State civil service system may in fact 
be very similar to the French.

None of which is to say that this analysis could not be transposed (given 
all the various methodological caveats) to the Uk or the US (say), just 
that it seems particularly resistant to this operation.

> -Pat

Take care


Jon Beasley-Murray
Literature Program
Duke University


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