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Bourdieu’s Contribution To Economic Sociology

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This chapter indicates what constitutes the most important contribution to economic sociology that can be found in the work of Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002). The reason for wanting to establish this is that when a social scientist dies there is always a danger that his or her work will be pushed to the side and forgotten. The chapter raises the question if Bourdieu can contribute to the current dialogue between economics and sociology, which seems to have stalled. This dialogue began, from the perspective of sociology, around 1990 when it for a few years seemed as if sociology and economics were moving towards each other and possibly even could meet. In Algeria 1960 economic habitus is described as a "disposition [that] orients and organizes the economic practices of daily life-purchases, saving, and credit-and also political representations, whether resigned or revolutionary" .

Keywords: Algeria; economic sociology; Pierre Bourdieu



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