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How do we come to know our place?

This is the question Douglas Robertson asks in his recently published article Knowing Your Place: The Formation and Sustenance of Class-Based Place Identity. Robertson utilises Bourdieu’s theory of practice in an attempt to understand the role of place in the formation of class identities, using empirical data generated from studies in the Scottish city of Stirling. Here’s […]

Politics Saving Face

Overstepping the Mark

A previous post, the location of shame, made the case against those who view the relational world as either a sub-set of social class or irrelevant to understanding class as a mechanism of social reproduction. Rather than arguing that emotions such as shame are the effect of class positioning, it was argued that the capacity […]


In the Eye of the Beholder

The most serious criticism faced by Axel Honneth and his attempt to develop a critical theory of recognition, relates to the place of power relations vis-à-vis the relational world. In her book Against Recognition, Lois McNay argues that Honneth’s relational view of self-formation and social conflict negates more structural understandings of power. While not against […]

Knowing Your Place

Crabs in Barrels

Recent research in the social sciences indicates the power of neighbourhoods as a key factor in the reproduction of social class differentials (poor neighborhoods key in income difference, study finds). Working in the North American context, researchers have found that “being raised in poor neighbourhoods plays a major role in explaining why African American children from middle-income […]