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Reflexividade e constituição do mundo social: Giddens e Bourdieu (breves interpretações)

Author(s): Flu00E1vio Ramos | Su00E9rgio S. Januu00E1rio

Journal: Ciências Sociais Unisinos
ISSN 1519-7050

Volume: 43;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 259;
Date: 2007;
Original page

This paper refers to a theoretical debate between Anthony Giddens and Pierre Bourdieu. The central issue has to do with reflectivity as a phenomenon that constitutes the social world as a dialogic potential of transformation and maintenance of social life. In a more specific way, it discusses the following question: Are social agents relatively “free” to introduce themselves to the social world by changing it creatively or are they “reflexes” of fixed and structuring structures (i.e., structures in a transformation process)? Obviously the article will not answer these questions completely, as they are too complex and have been intensively discussed for a long time by thinkers who have devoted their academic lives to this topic.
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