File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_2000/bourdieu.0004, message 39


Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2000 00:37:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Habitus = Predestination?


To paraphrase Bordieu and Swartz:  Habitus is resistant to alteration,
because, according to Bourdieu, early fundamental socialization is more
formative of internal dispositions than succeeding socialization
experiences.  Habitus adapts as new situations are encountered but this
tends to elaborate rather than alter the primary dispositions.

Does this have a way of saying 'we are who we are', 'we are predestined to
be ourselves'?

Knowing our 'habitus', is it supposed to be liberating or is our 'habitus'
inescapable?

Thanks for your thoughts.

Gavin Young
NYC

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