File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_2001/bourdieu.0102, message 1

Subject: Re: PB on Weber and more . . . more help with quotations needed!
Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2001 07:17:00 +0200

>In Acts of Resistance (p. 43) , Bourdieu wrote:
>"Max Weber said that dominant groups always need a 'theodicy of their
>own privilege', or more precisely a sociodicy."   I'd like to cite
>Weber's observation, but can't seem to find it.  Any suggestions?

I guess it's not a direct quote, but rather a reformulation and 
reconceptualization so it might be hard to pinpoint where the phrase was 
extracted from. To trace Weber's explicit influence on Bourdieu, you might 
want to consult "Genesis and Structure of the Religious Field" (1991, 
Comparative Social Research, vol 13, 1-44). In that article (p.16) Bourdieu 
again writes, without giving reference, "theodicy of their good fortune". I 
may be wrong, but the introduction of the concept "sociodicy" seems like 
Bourdieu's idea.

Moreover, Weber talks about "three forms of theodicy" in Gerth and Mills' 
_From Max Weber_ (pp.358-9), in his article "Religious Rejections of the 
World and Their Directions".

In solidarity,

Emrah Goker
Columbia University
Department of Sociology

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