Savage, Mike and Silva, Elizabeth
Cultural Sociology, Vol.7, No.2 “Special Issue - Field analysis, boundary drawing and socio-cultural inequality”.
The idea of field analysis has been championed as an alternative to ‘variable based’ accounts of social life, and offers the potential for cross-fertilisation with complexity theory and forms of ‘descriptive’ research. Yet, the Bourdieusian roots of field analysis pose challenges as well as advantages, given the widespread critique of reductionist elements in Bourdieu’s thinking.
The papers in this special issue explore through worked examples how field analysis might be radicalised and made more dynamic. The contributors to this special issue take bearings from Bourdieu, but extend these in various ways. There are particular concerns to reflect on the role of technological devices for field analysis, to reflect on how the spatial reach of fields can be extended beyond the nation, and how issues of corporeality and mobility affect fields.
These papers therefore allow for varied engagements with the theoretical underpinnings of the classical formulations of field theory via empirical analyses of both ‘established’ and ‘new’ fields to explore the trajectories of possible developments.
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