HabitusAnalysis 2 – Praxeology and Meaning

With a preface by Franz Schultheis

  • Heinrich Wilhelm Schäfer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XLIII
  2. Heinrich Wilhelm Schäfer
    Pages 45-292
  3. Heinrich Wilhelm Schäfer
    Pages 293-853
  4. Heinrich Wilhelm Schäfer
    Pages 855-879
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 881-921

About this book


Starting from the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu, Schäfer composes a methodical approach to habitus of social actors and the logic of their praxis: Building upon the generative terms of praxeology, he focuses on identity and strategy in processes of internalization, their transformation by means of dispositional schemes, and their externalization in action. The emphasis lies on a theory of dispositions that allows a flexible understanding of identity and strategy formation in the context of social experience and the interplay with social structures. This theory is developed over the course of a three-step analysis on habitus as a network of dispositions, on the dynamics that unfold between the logic of socio-structural processes and practical logic, and on the praxeological assessment of social structures via models of fields and the social space.
This book is the second of three volumes of HabitusAnalysis. While the first volume deals with the epistemological underpinnings of praxeology, this book advances Bourdieu's theory with a special focus on creativity of action in the context of social structures, thereby preparing the methodological design of empirical models in the third volume.

  • Generative Terms
  • Creativity in relations
  • Practical logic an logic of praxis
  • Specific struggles: fields and space

Target Groups
Students and scholars in the field of social sciences, especially in sociology of religion and social movement theory 

The Author
Heinrich Wilhelm Schäfer is Professor for Sociology of religion and Protestant Theology at Bielefeld University, Germany.


Pierre Bourdieu Habitus Praxeology Practical logic Social Structure Social Capital Symbolic Relations Transformation Theory Social Space Social Fields Social Disposition

Authors and affiliations

  • Heinrich Wilhelm Schäfer
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität BielefeldBielefeldGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-27769-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-27770-3
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