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Bourdieu comes to town: part II

Savage, Mike ORCID: 0000-0003-4563-9564 (2021) Bourdieu comes to town: part II. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 45 (1). 150 - 153. ISSN 0309-1317

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1468-2427.12849


This essay introduces the second selection of essays associated with the Interventions forum ‘Bourdieu Comes to Town’, the first of which appeared in 2018. There seems to be a tendency to conflate the relevance of Bourdieu for urban studies by focusing specifically on particular contentious concepts that have been fashioned from Bourdieu's own tools. I briefly discuss this point with respect to the concepts of ‘elective belonging', which I helped introduce, and ‘territorial stigmatization’, which Loïc Wacquant himself has popularized. I argue that whatever the virtues or otherwise of these concepts, Bourdieu offers substantially more to urban studies, namely the capacity to synthesize across sites, to link micro and macro, to engage pragmatist concerns with daily life to a wider political economy, and to foreground the role of accumulation. I briefly show how the four essays in this selection exemplify these qualities.

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Additional Information: © 2020 Urban Research Publications Limited
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 05 May 2022 11:36
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2024 17:51

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