File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_2000/bourdieu.0009, message 53


Subject: RE: Goerge Free
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 22:35:33 +0200


George Free wrote

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.

Well, not exactly - my exploratory research found out that in Malta economic
capital does not determine their lifestyle - many older persons with
different amounts of economic capital had similar lifestyles. As to your
second point I agree. Occupation is a more crucial variable. This then takes
us to the importance of the subjective experience of life and introduces the
habitus as, perhaps, the most important variable in the sociological
analysis of later life.

Marvin



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