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Bourdieu goes to Baghdad; explaining hybrid political identities in Iraq

Dodge, Toby ORCID: 0000-0003-1262-4921 (2018) Bourdieu goes to Baghdad; explaining hybrid political identities in Iraq. Journal of Historical Sociology, 31 (1). pp. 25-38. ISSN 0952-1909

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Identification Number: 10.1111/johs.12189


This paper critiques the primordial and ethnosymbolic theories of identity that have come to dominate explanations of Iraq’s descent into violent instability after the 2003 invasion. It argues that Iraq’s contemporary politics can only be understood by examining its history over the longue durée not the past fifteen years. The paper critically interacts with modernist theories of nationalism and their relevance to explaining identities in the Middle East. It then deploys the work of Pierre Bourdieu, specifically his notion of field and capital, to explain the relationship between four ‘principles of visions’ that have competed to dominate Iraq’s political field.

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Additional Information: © 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2018 14:53
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2024 23:42

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