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In Social Life, the authors highlight, explain, and scrutinize socio-theoretical analyses of contemporary social relations and conditions - put forward by eight modern social theorists - and analyse how these have informed sociological inquiries into people’s lives in today’s social world. The book discusses the works of the following social theorists: • Anthony Giddens • Pierre Bourdieu • Bruno Latour • Donna Haraway • Zygmunt Bauman • Jean-Francois Lyotard • Michel Foucault • Jean Baudrillard In each chapter, the authors identify the key components of each theorist’s conception of society and apply the theories outlined to specific, modern phenomena. This connection with modern-day phenomena allows for a critical interrogation of issues in contemporary society, including: Inequality and Capital, Power, Fear and Terrorism, Immune System Discourse, Suffering, and Climate Change.

Pierre Bourdieu: Capital and Forms of Social Suffering
Pierre Bourdieu: Capital and Forms of Social Suffering
Part 1: Forms of Capital

Bourdieu views capital as accumulated labour, ‘a force inscribed in objective or subjective structures’, ‘the principle underlying the immanent regularities of the social world’ (FC 46). According to Bourdieu, ‘it is what makes the games of society – not least, the economic game – something other than simple games of chance’ (FC 46). Capital for Bourdieu exists in different forms – economic, cultural, and social – which, when legitimated, are converted into symbolic capital and power. Bourdieu argues that the social position of individuals, groups, or institutions is determined by the volume and composition of capital they hold (Wacquant 2008: 268), and that the distribution ...

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