Fält, habitus och kapital som kompletterande redskap i professionsforskning
2011 (Swedish)In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, no 4, 283-300 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this article is to explore how Bourdieu’s perspective can contribute to the field of research on professions. A comparison was made between Bourdieu’s perspective and Andrew Abbott’s work The System of Professions, which was chosen as a reference and a representation of sociology of professions. A specific issue was to be answered: what in particular can Bourdieu’s perspective contribute with and how could it complement theory of professions. In sum, between Abbott and Bourdieu there are interesting parallels; the conflict perspectives, relational thinking, emphasis on empirical research starting with rather “loose” definitions, concepts as frameworks which needs to be filled empirically in order to reach full potential and meaning, knowledge as a legitimizing resource and split between practical knowledge and academic knowledge, cultural and (legal) legitimacy of authority, image making and ideology production and an inclination to emphasize structural agency. The comparison also revealed some differences in their focus on; the significance of socioeconomic stratification and reproduction, boundaries and core areas; symbolic and cultural assumptions on social practice, agents in formation of a field vs. a system, and finally on the detail contributions on professional activity on tasks. Bourdieu’s particular contribution lies mainly on the mechanisms of socialization and reproduction to the fields and decomposition of the concepts of class and professions, which means a broader and more profound understanding on relations of dominance and their social and cultural rudiments.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Förbundet för forskning i socialt arbete (FORSA) , 2011. no 4, 283-300 p.
professioner, fält, habitus, kapital, system, Bourdieu, Abbott, expertis
Research subject Sociology of Education; Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-167954OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-167954DiVA: diva2:489291
FunderSwedish Research Council
Utgivningen har försenats till år 20122012-11-052012-02-022012-11-26Bibliographically approved