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Habitus

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The concept of the habitus refers to a basic set of principles that structure an individual's identity, judgments, and actions across a variety of life spheres. It is today most commonly associated with the work of the late French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, although the idea of habitus goes back as far as the philosophy of Aristotle. Bourdieu used the habitus concept, on the one hand, to describe the way in which social structures are internalized. An individual's core dispositions are ...

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