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Habitus, work and contributive justice

Sayer, Andrew (2011) Habitus, work and contributive justice. Sociology, 45 (1). pp. 7-21. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

The article explores the benefits of relating Bourdieu’s critical analysis of inequalities and domination to the theory of contributive justice. The latter is a normative theory concerning divisions of labour between jobs of different qualities that provide their holders with unequal possibilities for realizing their potential. Both approaches have Aristotelian influences in their emphasis on the development of dispositions and abilities through practice. It is argued that while this theory needs to consider the shaping of the habitus in early life prior to entry into the labour market, the concept of the unequal division of labour highlights a key structuring force of the social field. In so doing it makes explicit some justifications for Bourdieu’s critique of symbolic domination and the struggles of the social field that are left largely implicit in his work.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bourdieu ; contributive justice ; critique ; unequal division of labour
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 54987
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jun 2012 09:10
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 20:33
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54987

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