Language and Symbolic Power
Author: Pierre Bourdieu
Soft cover, very good condition.
"Language and Symbolic Power" by Pierre Bourdieu explores the role of language in shaping and reproducing social power dynamics. Bourdieu argues that language is not just a neutral tool for communication but is deeply embedded in social hierarchies and systems of domination. He delves into the ways in which language is used as a symbolic resource to assert and maintain social positions, with certain dialects, accents, and linguistic practices being endowed with symbolic capital while others are devalued or marginalized. Bourdieu also examines the role of institutions such as education and media in perpetuating linguistic inequalities. Through his rigorous analysis, Bourdieu highlights the complex relationship between language, power, and social stratification, urging readers to critically examine the linguistic practices that shape our understanding of the world and reinforce existing social hierarchies.
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