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Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 11:12:34 +0200
Subject: Bourdieu's Theory of Practice. Illumination - Application - Perspectives

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Dear colleges,
I would like to point at the Symposium held under the Aegis of the
Socionics Program

Bourdieu^Òs Theory of Practice .
Illumination ^Ö Application ^Ö Perspectives
June 29 ^Ö June 30, 2001
Universität Hamburg, Institut für Soziologie, Allendeplatz 1, room 250.

1. Aims of the Symposium

The work of Pierre Bourdieu is one of the contemporary attempts to
construct a general sociological theory that have had a profound
influence on all aspects of sociological thought. Concepts such as
habitus, lifestyles, incorporation, cultural, social and economic
capital, and symbolization and the struggle of classifications which are
central to Bourdieu^Òs thought and which he has endowed with specific
inflected meanings, are now part of the common conceptual apparatus of a
wide number of sociological investigations. It is noticeable, however,
that sociologists draw particularly on Bourdieu^Òs work when it comes to
investigating the structure of social inequality. The critical reception
of Bourdieu^Òs theory has viewed it by and large as a theory of social
inequality having very little bearing on other fields of social
research. This is the more surprising as Bourdieu himself understands
his work not as focussing on one particular problematic area of the
social world but much rather as an attempt to supply a general theory
based on the methodological view of objective history (fields) and
incorporated history (habitus) as two mutually dependent and dynamically
related sets of conditions enabling agency in social practice. This
theoretical approach is the basis for a general social theory which
presents itself as praxology.

To assess the value of Bourdieu^Òs praxology for sociological theorizing,
the symposium will apply Bourdieu^Òs sociological approach to the
sociology of technology, the sociology of organisation and the sociology
of gender. The fields of investigation encapsulated in these specialized
discourses have so far only been treated by Bourdieu in a marginal way
(organisation, technology) although they are areas of key importance and
relevance for an understanding of modern society. In addition, the later
part of the symposium will attempt a critical assessment of the
potential contribution Bourdieu^Òs theory can make to a general theory of
society. Thus the conceptual approach we have adopted for this Bourdieu
symposium may aid on the one hand in the evolution of a new
^Ópraxology-based^Ô approach to the elucidation of particular segments of
the social fabric whilst on the other hand the attempt to test the
coherence of Bourdieu^Òs theory in new contexts, even if it does not lead
to modifications and extensions, will at least permit us to situate it
in the context of specialized sociological discourses. Symposium
findings and papers will be published in a special volume.
The talks will be given in German.

2. Program of the Symposium

June 29.
Techniksoziologie (Sociology of Technology)
Technik als altes Haus oder geschichtsloses Apartment. Vom Nutzen und
Nachteil der Praxistheorie Bourdieus für die Techniksoziologie
Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer (Berlin)
Praxis im stählernen Gehäuse? Überlegungen zu einer Praxistheorie der
Frank Hillebrandt (Hamburg)

Organisationssoziologie  (Sociology of Organisation)
Felder, Organisationen und Akteure ^Ö eine organisationssoziologische
Andrea Maria Dederichs und Michael Florian (beide Hamburg)
Habitus und Organisation. Steuerungsansprüche und Rollenorientierungen
in formal organisierten Handlungskontexten
Frank Janning (Berlin)

June 30.
Soziologie des Geschlechterverhältnisses (Genderstudies)
Jenseits männlicher Herrschaft.
Pierre Bourdieus Konzept einer Geschlechterpolitik
Claudia Rademacher (Münster)
Berufungsspiele im wissenschaftlichen Feld im Lichte der Praxeologie
Karin Zimmermann (Dortmund)

Gesellschaftstheorie (Theory of Society)
Die Kreativität der Praxis.
Überlegungen zum Wandel von Habitusformationen
Jörg Ebrecht (Hamburg)
Kritische Soziologie (Bourdieu) versus Soziologie der Kritik
Zum Verhältnis zweier Theorien der Praxis
Jörg Potthast (Berlin)

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Frank Hillebrandt

Dr. Frank Hillebrandt
Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg
Arbeitsbereich Technikbewertung und Technikgestaltung 1-11
Schwarzenbergstr. 95
21071 Hamburg
Tel.: 0049 (0)40 42878-3738

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