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Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2000 11:39:41 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: On Symbolic Power


Hi Folks:

	I'm still looking at issues related to constitution and
representation in Bourdieu and have come across a point where I'd like
some guidance. As I understand it, symbolic power emanates from symbolic
capital. Symbolic power being the power to engage the struggle of
constituting social relations, to articulate and activate particular
visions of the social. To what extent is symbolic power rooted in what can
count as "true" for a particular community? That is, in what that
community sees as "real," or as having a certain fidelity or
"truthfulness?"

I think that myths, stories, emblematic representations (icons, etc.) can
be generative of symbolic capital. But how is this capital transformed
into symbolic power?

Best,

N



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