At the Interface of Habitus and Habitat

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    Ken Viers

    Hello All,

    I have developed a different way of conceptualizing the object of ethnography through a theoretical synthesis of Bourdieu’s habitus and Bauman’s habitat.  The “interface” between the two is that habitat is the existential experience of habitus from a chosen moral position relative to the prevailing view, but limited in options by the strength of the “hysteresis effect” (Bourdieu); or, in other terms, social inertia.  What habitus is to a given collective, habitat is to those who, for some reason, have “opted out” of the normative value system into which they have been socialized (and thus may never completely leave behind).

    If anyone has thoughts on this idea or is interested in discussing it, let’s go!

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