File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_2004/bourdieu.0401, message 101

Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2004 09:35:35 -0800
Subject: [BOU:] Re: Habiti abd melting pots

In very simple summary terms, you post makes this sound like a sort of 
war of competing habiti (Habiti, I think, would be the plural of 
habitus).  In America there is the old metaphor of the "melting pot," 
where people from various disparate cultures all "blend in" and become 
one homogeneous (and of course, capitalistic) blob.  Of course, this was 
almost never enforced by direct administrative action *against* any 
particular religious minority (still less would they ever have called it 
"secularism"), you simply weren't allowed to work your job, or attend 
school, if you weren't conforming to a certain dress code , or in many 
cases, wearing a certain uniform. (As a young boy in Catholic School in 
the 1950s, for example, like every other boy I had to wear a light blue 
shirt with a dark blue tie. All the girls had to wear something even 
sillier looking).  In California, the voters overwhelmingly approved an 
"English as the Official Language) initiative in response to the large 
influx of Hispanic person surreptitiously making it across the 
US/Mexican border. This, however, had had little if any practical 
effect. It simply makes it unnecessary for traffic court judges and 
other  officials to learn Spanish, I suppose.
   In  closing consider this. What do you do in your kitchen if you're 
trying to melt something in a pot, and there is a certain small section 
with is remaining solid? I always turn up the heat.

Emrah Goker wrote:

> I was reading a Turkish translation of the January 6th editorial of 
> Wall Street Journal Europe (unfortunately it's not available online 
> for free) on the "affair". The Journal reports that under 




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