Revisiting field theory. On taking Bourdieu to envisioned futures

TitleRevisiting field theory. On taking Bourdieu to envisioned futures
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsHanappi, D
EditorChristoforou, A, Lainé, M
Book TitleRe-thinking economics: Exploring the work of Pierre Bourdieu
Series TitleRoutledge Advances in Heterodox Economics
Place PublishedOxford
ISBN Number978-0415858922
KeywordsBourdieu, embeddedness, field theory, permissiveness

Pierre Bourdieu’s field theory is a strong account of how human action can be understood based on the principle that negotiates between structural, relational, and cognitive dimensions within the social world. With his central notion of fields, Bourdieu provides social scientists and economists, a way to transcend the dichotomies that shape theoretical thinking about human conduct and its innovative potentials. This chapter is dedicated to locate the position of the notion of field with respect to major schools of thought, and in particular to the embeddedness tradition that addresses similar questions on the social structuring of human behavior.