File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_2004/bourdieu.0408, message 24


Subject: [BOU:] Question
Date: Sat, 07 Aug 2004 21:40:50 +0000


Hello.

I was wondering if anyone on the list could suggest some readings that 
critique /assess the problematic of Eurocentricity in Bourdieu. I am using 
Bourdieu's work as the theoretical framework for a reading of Indian history 
for my dissertation. I know of Bourdieu's own arguments about the symbolic 
violence of Western anthropology, and his arguments for a reflexive 
methodology that allow a genuinely universal social science. Essentially, 
the question I am grappling with is what are the limits and license of 
applying Bourdieu's concepts of field to India, *given that Bourdieu bases 
the concept on a descriptive reading of developments in Western society 
since the middle ages*. Any suggestions in this regard would be much 
appreciated.

With regards
Rohit Chopra

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