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Bodily strangerhood(s) revisited: on bodily strangerhoods and glocalised bodies

Körperliche Fremdheit(en) revisited: von körperlichen Fremdheiten und glokalisierten Körpern
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Bröskamp, Bernd

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Abstract Experiences of strangerhood prove to be as diverse as the ways of productively processing these experiences. In the perspective of the praxeological sociology of Pierre Bourdieu phenomena of strangerhood can be understood as modes of a drifting apart or, if you like, of a no-longer or not-yet-matching of habitus and habitats. The bodily dimensions of such mismatches had been discussed by Bourdieu already at the beginning of the 60s, when describing a village dance evening in his home village in Béarn. It is already evident here, in what way symbolic violence - which goes hand in hand with the expansion of the markets of symbolic goods and practice forms - has an effect on motor skills and body idiom. Today, similar developments are taking place on a global scale, with the effect of a glocalisation of bodily habitus. The trend towards a global unification of cultural forms is combined with a social dynamic, which re-manufactures and re-produces cultural diversity and differences again and again, and this goes for all levels of the body and body practices. Field-specific bodily strangerhoods are constantly generated, reinvented and socially constructed again and again in contexts of globalisation. Apart from that, the sociological work of Bourdieu itself bears witness that a productive, field-specific processing of the experiences of strangerhood may result in a very special clearness of vision combined with disciplinary profits. Sociologists in this view are also professional strangers, and the business of sociology among other things requires a constant and methodologically controlled application of strangerhood as an epistemological principle.
Keywords Bourdieu, P.; body; France; dance; village; foreignness; habits; motor function; globalization; regional factors; cultural factors; integration; migration
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Leisure Research
Method theory application
Free Keywords Mauss; Wacquant; Goffman; praxeological sociology; socio-analysis; self-analysis; participant objectivation; habitat; taste; culture; field of cultural production; sports; professional sports; football; pro; strangeness; strangerhood; body; body techniques; globalisation; glocalisation; immigration; ethnicity; cultural practices; body practices; symbolic logic; symbolic violence; diversity; heterogeneity; sports migration; transnationalism; transnational social space
Collection Title Sport - integration - Europe: widening horizons in intercultural education
Editor Gieß-Stüber, Petra; Blecking, Diethelm
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Publisher Schneider-Verl. Hohengehren
City Baltmannsweiler
Page/Pages p. 213-227
ISBN 978-3-8340-0466-6
Status Postprint; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works