File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_2000/bourdieu.0009, message 21


Subject: Re: Bourdieu, Social Class and Older Persons
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 19:54:49 -0500


On Mon, 11 Sep 2000, Marvin Formosa wrote:

[snip]
> The study therefore focuses on change, seeking to comprehend active class
> structuring and action among a group of persons who were forced to cease to
> form part of the socially defined productive sector of the economy, and
> thus for whom economic capital and occupational reference is no longer the
> dominant modes of social distinction. 

For retired persons, doesn't having spent a life time accumulating (or not
accumulating) a certain amount of economic capital continue to distinguish
them? Clearly, the amount of wealth they have will determine their lifestyle
significantly.

Also, wouldn't the same apply to occupation? For example, I see a world of
difference in lifestyle between my father, a retired professional engineer,
and my landlord, a retired railroad worker, who are the same age.

cheers,
George
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