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Annales. Économies, Sociétés, Civilisations - Année 1977 - Volume 32 - Numéro 3 - Pages 405-411
This text attempts to identify the theoretical landmarks which are necessary to the elaboration theory of symbolic power. First, the neo-Kantian tradition (Humbolt- Cassirer or its American variant Sapir-Whorf) which treats the various symbolic forms (myth, language, art, science) as means of understanding and structuring the world, that is, as structuring structures (structures structurantes). Second, structural analysis, which tries to grasp the logic specific to each of these symbolic products. This can be seen, for example, in the conception which Saussure, founder of this tradition, had of language as a structured structure (structure structurée). Finally, the last two traditions : the Durkheimian tradition which sees symbolic forms as instruments providing logical and social integration which contribute to the reproduction of the social order, and the Marxist tradition which reveals that systems of symbols function politically as instruments of domination. Symbolic power, which can only be analyzed in terms of the division of labor among the different agencies of domination is dominated power. It makes its own contribution to social order by representing the other forms of power (economic and political) in a form which is disguised and therefore seen as legitimate
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Pierre Bourdieu
Sur le pouvoir symbolique
In: Annales. Économies, Sociétés, Civilisations. 32e année, N. 3, 1977. pp. 405-411.
Abstract
This text attempts to identify the theoretical landmarks which are necessary to the elaboration theory of symbolic power. First, the
neo-Kantian tradition (Humbolt- Cassirer or its American variant Sapir-Whorf) which treats the various "symbolic forms" (myth,
language, art, science) as means of understanding and structuring the world, that is, as "structuring structures" (structures
structurantes). Second, structural analysis, which tries to grasp the logic specific to each of these symbolic products. This can be
seen, for example, in the conception which Saussure, founder of this tradition, had of language as a "structured structure"
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providing logical and social integration which contribute to the reproduction of the social order, and the Marxist tradition which
reveals that systems of symbols function politically as instruments of domination. Symbolic power, which can only be analyzed in
terms of the division of labor among the different agencies of domination is dominated power. It makes its own contribution to
social order by representing the other forms of power (economic and political) in a form which is disguised and therefore seen as
legitimate
Citer ce document / Cite this document :
Bourdieu Pierre. Sur le pouvoir symbolique. In: Annales. Économies, Sociétés, Civilisations. 32e année, N. 3, 1977. pp. 405-
411.
doi : 10.3406/ahess.1977.293828
http://www.persee.fr/web/revues/home/prescript/article/ahess_0395-2649_1977_num_32_3_293828
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