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ERIC Number: EJ794911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1477-8785
Feminists Re-Reading Bourdieu: Old Debates and New Questions about Gender Habitus and Gender Change
McLeod, Julie
Theory and Research in Education, v3 n1 p11-30 2005
There is a revival of interest in Bourdieu's work and this article examines dominant trends within feminist re-engagements. It considers the insights into gender identity afforded by "habitus" and "social field", distinguishing between analyses of "gender habitus", and the potential of habitus and social field for feminist analysis of change. Feminist responses to Bourdieu continue to be divided on the extent to which social field structure determines habitus, and there is a tendency to represent the relationship as too seamless and coherent. Drawing on debates within recent feminist sociology, notably the work of Lois McNay and Lisa Adkins, this article argues instead for greater acknowledgement of the instability of gender norms and the contradictory effects of crossing different social fields. A feminist rethinking of the relationship between gender change, habitus and social field is suggested, which arises from a more contextual analysis of the varying degrees of correspondence between habitus and field. This addresses the co-existence of change and continuity in gender relations and identities, and aims to move such debates beyond questions of either freedom or reproduction. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Language: English
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