File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_1997/may12, message 50

Date: Fri, 09 May 1997 09:18:05 +0100
Subject: A request

I am reading a book by Seth Kreisberg called Transforming Power: 
Domination, Empowerment and Education ( New York, SUNY Press - 1992). 
A flick through the references indicated that there was citation of 
Bourdieu which surprized me, even more so when I read the passage 
below. I wondered if anybody on this list knows this book and would 
like to offer a comment on it or just the extract from the perpsective 
of Bourdieu. 

This is the passage: 

"... ideology and hegemony work directly on the body as well­that is, 
on the level of our everyday unconscious experience. On fundamental 
levels, who we are, what we want, what we need, and thus what kinds of 
social relationships we seek out and create are shaped by the patterns 
and daily routines of our everyday lives. In part this occurs through 
the process by which ideology seeps deep within our personalities, 
into the depth of our unconscious, shaping our personalities, needs 
and desires. I want to argue though that the process by which social 
practices become sedimented and reproduce themselves, while connected 
to ideological processes of reproduction, are also distinct from these 
processes. People tend to relate to others in the same ways others 
related to them. We tend to act in the ways we see and experience 
othersą actions. patterns of relationship reinforce and replicate 
themselves. Experience solidifies into habit, in fact hegemony is most 
encompassing when a dominant ideology reflects and is expressed in 
everyday experience  and in a range of experience and in a range of 
social practices and structures in a society. In this society, 
relationships of domination are maintained by just such a 
correspondence of consciousness and experience, which, while never 
total and static, is still powerful and broadly encompassing." 
(Kreisberg, 1992:16) 


John Pryor


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