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habitus


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A set of norms and expectations unconsciously acquired by individuals through experience and socialization as embodied dispositions, ‘internalized as second nature’ (Bourdieu), predisposing us to act improvisationally in certain ways within the constraints of particular social fields. The concept of the habitus was proposed by Bourdieu as an integral part of behaviour reflected in a ‘way of being’: including ways of seeing, moving, talking, and so on. It functions to mediate between individual subjectivity and the social structures of relations.


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