French sociologist and anthropologist Pierre Bourdieu’s relevance for studies of spatiality and mobility has received less attention than other aspects of his work. Here, Deborah Reed-Danahay argues that the concept of social space, central to Bourdieu’s ideas, addresses the structured inequalities that prevail in spatial choices and practices. She provides an ethnographically informed interpretation of social space that demonstrates its potential for new directions in studies of mobility, immobility, and emplacement. This book traces the links between habitus and social space across the span of Bourdieu’s writings, and places his work in dialogue with historical and contemporary approaches to mobility.
About the Author
Deborah Reed-Danahay is Professor of Anthropology at The State University of New York at Buffalo. Her publications include Locating Bourdieu and Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social. She has held a Jean Monnet Chair and Visiting Fellowships at Cambridge University and L’Institut National de Recherche Pédagogique. She has been the recipient of research Fellowships from NEH, NSF, and the Fulbright Commission.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Bourdieu, Social Space, and Mobility
Chapter 1. Bourdieu’s World-Making
Chapter 2. A Sense of One’s Place
Chapter 3. Landscapes of Mobility
Chapter 4. The Nation-State and Thresholds of Social Space
Chapter 5. The European Union as Social Space
Conclusion: Toward an Ethnography of Social Space