Intersubjectivity and bourdieusian approaches to 'identity'

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Bourdieu's emphasis on the socialized subjectivity of habitus is increasingly used in discussions of 'identity' to indicate the limits to reflexivity, situating 'identity' in tacit practice. In emphasizing the dispositional nature of 'identity', analysts also acknowledge more explicitly reflexive and self-consciously mobilized aspects; however, Bourdieu's restrictive treatment of reflexivity makes it difficult to theorize the relations between these different aspects. The 'problem of reflexivity' is more properly a question of the intersubjective nature of practice, and the different aspects of 'identity' are better theorized as features of situated intersubjectivity. With practice the negotiated outcome of intersubjective coordination, then 'calls to order from the group', the routine monitoring of conduct, agents' reflexive accounts of their activity, and the mobilization of agents into collectivities can be explored as features of the collective accomplishment of practices, by networks of variously disposed agents, whose actions, whilst dispositional, must nonetheless be accounted for and aligned. © The Author(s) 2010.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-22
Number of pages19
JournalCultural Sociology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


  • Disposition
  • Habitus
  • Identity
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Reflexivity
  • Socialized subjectivity


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