File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_1998/bourdieu.9801, message 6

Date: Sun, 11 Jan 1998 09:39:37 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Bourdieu and Mauss

On Sat, 10 Jan 1998, Lee Schlesinger wrote:

> 	I wonder if others here might agree with me, however, that the more
> significant influence on the arguments about the embodiment of habitus
> and the materiality/worldliness/fleshiness of sense (as orientation,
> meaning, and feeling) is Merleau-Ponty.
	In a way this whole line of inquiry begs the question of
intellectual "influence." While individual authors maybe important, it is
also the case that this whole concern with habitus, practice, embodiment
etc is common to a wide group of French intellectuals in the late 50s and
early 60s. (Besides Merleau-Ponty, one could also mention Heidegger, who
Bourdieu--along with other members of his generation--studied
intensively). In discussing "influence," it would be important to look at
why this was the case, IMHO. 

	George Free     Toronto, Canada



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