Moody habitus: Bourdieu with existential feelings

Keijo Rasanen*, Ilkka Kauppinen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper proposes a way of integrating the concepts of habitus and mood. The purpose of this conceptual move is to enrich Pierre Bourdieu's treatment of habitus with a better recognition of its affective aspects. The paper draws on phenomenological studies of psychic disorders and applies the concept of existential feeling to specify what moods are and do. The framing proposed distinguishes between dispositions that function in the foreground and in the background of habitus. Thereby it is possible to regard moods as background dispositions of habitus. This paper also discusses what this idea of moody habitus can do for research in habitus and human practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-300
JournalJOURNAL FOR THE THEORY OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
Volume50
Issue number3
Early online date19 Jan 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • disposition
  • existential feeling
  • habitus
  • mood
  • praxeology
  • social practice
  • DISPOSITIONAL THEORY
  • EMOTIONS
  • PRAGMATISM
  • HEIDEGGER
  • SOCIOLOGY
  • SELF

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