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Bourdieu and Affect: Towards a Theory of Affective Affinities

Steven Threadgold


A Bourdieusian contribution to studies of affect provides a more comprehensive understanding of the everyday moments that make, transform and remake the social contours of inequality, and how those relations are contested and resisted. By teasing out the affective elements already implicit in concepts like habitus, illusio, cultural capital, field and symbolic violence, this book develops a theory of affective affinities to consider how emotions and feelings are central to how class is affectively delineated along with material and symbolic relations. This includes theorising habitus as one’s ... More

Keywords: Bourdieu, Affect, Affinity, Emotions, Class, Habitus, symbolic violence, affective affinity, inequality, illusio

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781529206616
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529206616.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Threadgold, author
University of Newcastle