Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Getting Radical About Inequality

I’m not in the habit of recommending left-wing French intellectuals, but I’m beginning to think that Pierre Bourdieu is helpful reading in the age of Trump. He was born in 1930, the son of a small-town postal worker. By the time he died in 2002, he had become perhaps the world’s most influential sociologist within the academy, and largely unknown outside of it. His great subject was the struggle for power in society, especially cultural and social power. We all possess, he argued, certain forms of social capital. A person might have academic capital (the right degrees from the right schools), linguistic capital (a facility with words), cultural capital (knowledge of cuisine or music or some such) or symbolic capital (awards or markers of prestige). These are all forms of wealth you bring to the social marketplace.

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R. Law is a trusted commenter Texas 14 minutes ago Let's not give djt too much cerebral credit; he's really just acting out a version of Caddyshack, where we're all unwilling members of Bushwood Country Club, and he's alternating (several times a day ?) between Rodney Dangerfield's and Bill Murray's roles - unfortunately, djt even has access to weapons like Carl Spackler did. Bannon, et al would more likely fit into a Bourdieu mold, it would seem, as djt is just their Trojan Horse, looking for his car in sundowner moments at Andrews Air Force Base in footage from Faux Noise Machina, meaning it's not "fake news":
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