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Subject: Re: PB on Weber and more . . . more help with quotations needed!
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2001 03:52:04 -0600

new list member here with an interest in the relationships between social
class, writing, and teaching & so w/ an obvious interest in bourdieu's

please forgive the innocent questions, since i am far from an expert on

what's the icy suffix in theodicy and sociodicy mean? where does it come
from?  what's the reference?

Emrah Goker <> on
01/31/2001 11:17:00 PM

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Subject:  Re: PB on Weber and more . . . more help with quotations needed!

>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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