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The term habitus is most commonly associated with the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, although as Tomlinson (2004) notes, it was first used by the anthropologist Marcel Mauss. Habitus is a pivotal concept in Bourdieu's theoretical framework, along with the associated concepts of field and capital. The complexity and range of Bourdieu's conceptual work, makes any kind of synthesis difficult (Laberge and Kay, 2002), particularly in this limited space. So my intention here is to give a brief introduction to habitus (and capital), and to outline its relevance to sport sociologists. For a detailed consideration of how habitus (along with capital, field and practice) emerges in Bourdieu's work, how it has been adopted to study sports and physical activity practices and cultures, and how it ...

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