INTERLUDE: Why You Know Me So Well!

In-between working on my dissertation (the work day) and preparing for an interview as an ESL Teacher (this evening), I typed up my Sutras for the Soul. I’ve ordered copies on parchment paper and I plan on carrying ’em around for the next three weeks, so if I see you; please be kind and ask…

American Political Development using Bourdieu’s “Science”?

The purpose of this last post on the topic of Bourdieu is to draw attention to the capability of political scientists in researching American political development. Analysis may proceed as follows: There is a historical and biased structure with habitus regarding the political languages of authoritarianism, liberalism, and republicanism in American political development. If political languages…

Scientific Inquiry for Multiple Traditions Research?

Bourdieu’s Habitus, Reflexivity, and Capital Bourdieu’s Science of Science and Reflexivity (2004) is about scientists and their participation in the field. Bourdieu explains that the scientist interacts with the field and tries to generate knowledge. However, how can we prevent bias (scientist misrepresents or is wrong) and closure (i.e. only this was/is right and your…

A Revolution without Kuhn?

Interactions, Not Paradigms Bourdieu criticizes Kuhn for a number of reasons. Bourdieu’s habitus is a “different science.” Kuhn’s paradigm as scientific inquiry does not “put forward a coherent model for explaining [scientific] change” (15). Bourdieu explains that using paradigms to explain scientific objects would not explain an “essential tension” in the field because, according to…