Theoretical preliminaries

Tim Markham

in The Politics of War Reporting

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780719085284
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702642 | DOI:
Theoretical preliminaries

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This chapter pins down what can defensibly be described as a Bourdieusian heuristic model. It presents the working definitions for some of the core concepts in Bourdieusian theory. This is followed by locating Pierre Bourdieu in the context of a tradition in philosophy and political theory which aims to reconcile structuralism and phenomenology. Bourdieu draws on the phenomenological principles of Alfred Schutz. For Bourdieu, Martin Heidegger's rise to prominence does not amount to a philosophical revolution, but the overthrow of specific philosophical tenets, necessary to effect a generational shift of authority, and masking the enduring supremacy of a particular reading of neo-Kantian philosophy. John Simpson is very much an individual, but one whose individuation proceeded from a generative set of principles held in common by those collectively oriented by class habitus. The sociological construction of habitus is the reconstruction of the logic.

Keywords: Bourdieusian heuristic model; Bourdieusian theory; Pierre Bourdieu; political theory; structuralism; phenomenology; Alfred Schutz; Martin Heidegger; John Simpson; class habitus

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Subjects: International Relations

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