comment on Book Review: Symbolic Power, Politics and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu

If proceed with the presented logic of Bourdieu’s picture of human society, one could notice that the human societal being is reduced to power, power relations and resources, and the  evolved political. In other words, power is exclusive existential representative of the sociocultural.  Yet such a framework imposes difficulties on other lines of its own thought. For example, if the very nature of society consists of power, intellectuals engaged with power excess and conflicts could only lament: How much great would be their intellectual capacities they could only acknowledge the status quo that the nature of society is coercive throughout–built on power relations exclusively. In this framework, the intention of transforming society to the better is a declaration of kind wishes because it isn’t supported by it theoretically due to that image of society it has already conceptualized. There, what transcends power relations as the core of societal being is simply taken for granted and unsupported theoretically. Put otherwise,  it is artificially added to research narrative and hangs in the air. For example, there is no place for such category as legitimate force for the same reason, and its articulations of culture are not persuasive.  In general, the picture of sociocultural  relations is likely to resemble those of atoms subjected to coercive power relations which is indeed a poor narrative for understanding human society. Humans not only participate in power relations but also can enjoy harmony and peace, and both should find their proper arguments in a framework theorizing the sociocultural. Power is important but it is not the only or main representative of human being but it has a certain meaning or function. However,  until one learns the context attributing the meaning to power, one cannot learn what power exactly is; thus intellectuals engaged with power conflicts could hardly succeed. The reflection on the context one could find at and/or at Review: Symbolic Power, Politics and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre BourdieuBook Review: Symbolic Power, Politics and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu


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