Governing cultural fields

Brook, S 2017, 'Governing cultural fields' in James Albright, Deborah Hartman, Jacqueline Widin (ed.) Bourdieu's Field Theory and the Social Sciences, Springer, Singapore, pp. 235-248.

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Title Governing cultural fields
Author(s) Brook, S
Year 2017
Title of book Bourdieu's Field Theory and the Social Sciences
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Singapore
Editor(s) James Albright, Deborah Hartman, Jacqueline Widin
Start page 235
End page 248
Subjects Cultural Theory
Summary How is it possible to combine Bourdieus account of the cultural field with a focus on practices that can be described, after Foucault, as governmental? Despite the radical incompatibility of the two approaches, there are indeed several major studies that have done just this. Rather than lament such methodological pluralism, this chapter suggests that recent moves within cultural sociology to problematise and revise Bourdieus key terms are favourable to such a project. Such critiques call for a return to practice theory, one that might admit the integrity of practice assemblages in relation to fields. Such an approach permits a more modest account of the role of fields in organising cultural practices and a more sociologically plausible account of the governmental conception of culture.
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Keyword(s) Praxis
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-981-10-5385-6_15
ISBN 9789811053856
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