Pierre Bourdieu on ‘habitus’, Pascalian Meditations

“Thus, because habitus is, as its name suggests, a product of a history, the instruments of construction of the social that it invests in practical knowledge of the world and in action are socially constructed, in other words structured by the world that they structure. It follows from this that practical knowledge is doubly informed by the world that it informs: it is constrained by the objective structure of the configuration of properties that the world presents to it; and it is also structured through the schemes, resulting from incorporation of the structures of the world, that it applies in selecting and constructing these objective properties. In other words, action is neither ‘purely reactive’, in Weber’s phrase, nor purely conscious and calculated.”

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