File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_1998/bourdieu.9801, message 17

Date: Thu, 15 Jan 1998 17:27:16 +0100
Subject: Re: a couple of questions

Dear Minoru,

>I wondered if the notion of the total volume of capital was not designated
>as an hypothetical concept to explain the result of correspondence analysis
>of the space of taste in Distinction, [cut]

That was more or less what I meant (but didn't say very clearly), so I
agree on this.

>partly because the same sort of thing
>can be said about the concept of linguistic capital, which can be thought
>of as a subtype of cultural capital.

I also agree with your view of linguistic capital as being only measurable
with difficulty and therefore, in this respect, comparable to cultural
capital which it would certainly be reasonable to think of as a subtype of
linguistic capital. By the way, I don't think you need to be so modest and
hesitating about your understanding of Bourdieu which appears to me to be
very precise and thorough (insofar as I am a reliable judge of such

On another question in your earlier mail:
"(2) David Swartz referred to "Report of the College de France on the Future
of Education" in his brilliant new book on Bourdieu, but is there any
English translation of "Propositions pour l'Enseignement de l'Avenir"? This
is also cited in Bourdieu and Wacquant's Invitation to the Reflexive
Sociology as well, but what it indicates is "Principles for Reflecting on
Curriculum," which was translated into English and published in the
Curriculum Journal in 1990, but these two are different from each other."

You are right, these are different texts. No English translation of
"Propositions pour l'Enseignement de l'Avenir" is recorded in the
bibliography in the German book by I.M=F6rth & G. Fr=F6hlich. The original
=46rench text of the other, "Principes pour une réflexion sur les contenus de
l'enseignement", appeared in a volume called _Enseigner la géographie_,
edited by the Association fran=E7aise des enseignants de géographie
(Montpellier & Lyon: Reclus, 1990).

best wishes
Carsten Sestoft
Comp. Lit.
Uni of Copenhagen



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