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Faith and Ritual in Bourdieu's "The Logic of Practice"
A review of Pierre Bourdieu's analysis of the formation of faith in adolescents in his work, "The Logic of Practice".
# 152206 | 1,224 words | 1 source | MLA | 2013 | US


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This paper posits that if Pierre Bourdieu in "The Logic of Practice" has made a contribution to adolescent faith formation, it is in his description of the material conditions of ritual practice. The paper explains his notion of habitus, his contention that the presupposition of faith (doxa) is formed in the ritual encounter between a habitus and a field in adolescence, and the idea that the interplay of the social game and its structures or rules creates the scenario within which faith is constituted spontaneously and in a taken-for-granted manner. The paper points out that he seems less concerned about describing specific cultural differences in faith formation than in describing a generalized way of perceiving how an adolescent, or any person, would internalize a system of dispositions in relation to a religious field.

From the Paper:

"If Pierre Bourdieu in The Logic of Practice has made a contribution to adolescent faith formation, it is in his description of the material conditions of ritual practice. The ritual--what he calls "performative practice that strives to bring about what it acts or says"--is a practical mimesis of the natural process at which it aims (Bourdieu 1990, 92). For Bourdieu, the presupposition of faith (doxa) is formed in the ritual encounter between a habitus and a field. He says, "Doxa is the relationship of immediate adherence that is established in practice between a habitus and the field to which it is attuned" (Bourdieu 1990, 68). Faith is a presupposition that lays claim to someone through a process of immersion within a native field. He writes, "Belief is thus an inherent part of belonging to a field" (Bourdieu 1990, 67). As such, belief does not occur through a willful decision. Rather, more subtly, it comes to inhabit the person either through birth or "by a slow process of co-option and initiation which is equivalent to a second birth" (Bourdieu 1990, 67). That is to say, in adolescence, the interplay of the social game and its structures or rules (the church) creates the scenario within which faith is constituted spontaneously and in a taken-for-granted manner."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bourdieu, Pierre. The Logic of Practice. Translated by Richard Nice. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990.

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Faith and Ritual in Bourdieu's "The Logic of Practice" (2013, January 13) Retrieved October 14, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/faith-and-ritual-in-bourdieus-the-logic-of-practice-152206/

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"Faith and Ritual in Bourdieu's "The Logic of Practice"" 13 January 2013. Web. 14 October. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/faith-and-ritual-in-bourdieus-the-logic-of-practice-152206/>

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