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Bourdieu and Social Space: Mobilities, Trajectories, Emplacements

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Bourdieu and Social Space

Mobilities, Trajectories, Emplacements

Deborah Reed-Danahay

170 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-353-0 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Published (November 2019)

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“Explains Bourdieu’s neglected concept of social space, and even takes it to a new level by relating it to migration, mobility and emplacement, as well as to the nation-state and the European Union… destined to become a standard reference work.” • Helena Wulff, Stockholm University

“This is an excellent piece of work that is both useful and thoughtful.  It addresses much of the corpus of Bourdieu’s work but provides an analysis of this rich and complex material in an accessible manner.” • Vered Amit, Concordia University


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.

Deborah Reed-Danahay is Professor of Anthropology at The State University of New York at Buffalo. Her previous 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, the Russell Sage Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, and the Fulbright Commission.​

Subject: Theory & Methodology in Anthropology General Mobility Studies Sociology



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


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