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208). I would argue that Bourdieu’s further elaboration of “fields’’ and of their relationship to structure envisages a more complex relationship in which not only reproduction but also disjunctions are possible (Bourdieu and Wacquant 1992). Furthermore, we can turn to studies, influenced by Bourdieu’s work, which make visible forms of embodiment that combine the intimate experience of bodily sensations and social location. In any case, Crossley (2001b) and Shilling (2003) propose ways in which the gaps (insofar as they do exist) in the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu can be remedied.
Drawing upon the work of George H. Mead, Crossley identifies habituation or repetition as a key process in which self-consciousness and reflexivity develop. The point is that our selfhood is incorporated, that is embedded in our bodily sensations and bodily awareness, such that over time we come to know ourselves as both object and subject. Thus we get a sense of ourselves as both individual and generalised. Furthermore, our reflexivity gives us the opportunity to change ourselves. On the other hand, we are also caught up in a broader structural system, which provides us, among other things, with systems of classification in which to give meaning to “incorporated habitual schemes of perception and discourse’’ (Crossley 2001b: 153).
On the other hand, Enlightenment ideas were challenging this view of human nature as powerless and in thrall to an all-powerful God. The Enlightenment symbolised the shift in beliefs in human action as governed by reason. The status of the body and of its relationship to the reasoning capacities of human beings was therefore ambiguous. Descartes addressed this conundrum by positing the duality of human nature and re-attributing this state of affairs to the will of God. Accordingly the body was simply matter and the seat of our animal existence.
Ageing, the Body and Social Change: Running in Later Life by Emmanuelle Tulle (auth.)