Masculine Domination

By: Pierre Bourdieu

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Translated by Richard Nice. Masculine domination is so deeply ingrained in our unconscious that we hardiy perceive all of its dimensions. lt is so much in line with our expectations that we struggle to call it fully into question. Pierre Bourdieu's ethnographic analysis of gender divisions in Kabyle society as a living reservoir of the Mediterranean cultural tradition, provides a potent instrument for disclosing the symbojlic structures of the androcentric unconscious which survives in the men and women of our own societies. Bourdieu analyses masculine domination as a paradigmatic form of symbolic violence ? the kind of gentle, invisible, pervasive violence which is exercised through cognition and misrecognition knowledge and sentiment, often with the unwitting consent of the dominated. To understand this form of domination we must analyse both its invariant features and the historical work of dehistoricization through which social institutions - family, school, church, state - eternalize the arbitrary at the root of mens power This analysis leads directly to the political question: can we neutralize the mechanisms through which history is continuously turned into nature, thereby freeing the forces of change and accelerating the incipient transformations of the relations between the sexes?

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Masculine domination is so anchored in our social practices and our unconscious that we hardly perceive it; it is so much in line with our expectations that we find it difficult to call into question. Bourdieu analyzes masculine domination as a prime example of symbolic violence-the kind of gentle, invisible, pervasive violence experienced through the everyday practices of social life.

Title: Masculine Domination

Author Name: Pierre Bourdieu

ISBN Number: 0804738203

ISBN-13: 9780804738200

Location Published: Stanford, CA, USA, Stanford University Press: 2011

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Type: Book

Categories: Activism, Rebellion & Politics
, Media, Law, Philosophy & Psychology

Seller ID: LED00875