Bourdieu Social Inequality

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The reproduction of social inequalities has always been a key issue in sociology, especially to Bourdieu, as a large branch of his study was surrounding the issue of class. In this essay, an understanding of what is meant by social inequality and reproduction will be looked at to begin with, and will be applied to the specific forms of social inequality which will be discussed, mainly gender and class inequality. This will be followed by how Pierre Bourdieu accounts for the reproduction of social inequalities. The various institutions and systems which he believes are the causes of this reproduction will be discussed and evaluated, as well as their exemplification of his pessimistic determinism. These such institutions and systems are, distinction of taste, habitus, symbolic violence, education, socialisation, and marriage. Furthermore, Bourdieu’s pessimistic determinism will be looked at in more detail, regarding his view as a whole, and the relationship it has to wider sociology. So, we can come to conclude upon how Bourdieu accounts for the reproduction of social inequality, and to what extent this exemplifies his pessimistic determinism.

Throughout this essay, the term ‘social inequality’ will be used to discuss the question in hand. For clarity, a definition of this term, and what is meant by it’s ‘reproduction’ will be laid out here. When referring to ‘social inequality’, what is meant is unequal opportunities, or life chances, due to hierarchies within social
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