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Бурдийо и Фуко като шанс за една историческа социология на дискурсивните практики
Bourdieu and Foucault as an Opportunity for a Historical Sociology of Discursive Practices

Author(s): Stoika Penkova
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The present analysis is an attempt to enlarge the sociological theories about the discourse and discursive practices, in a perspective of a non-classical problematizing, e.g. not the discourse and the discursive practices in themselves, but from the viewpoint of one hidden “logic” of the discursive practices and one established discourse “order”. The Bourdieu’s and Foucault’s critical perspectives are involved as a resource for a sociological reflection, because they further to a great extend one similar way of problematizing of the discourse and the discursive practices in the frames of a general theoretical project of, so called, sociology of the discursive practices. This project develops a specific dialogical space and proposes a “double approach” to the research object: 1. Practical logic approach (“through Bourdieau”), that allows to introduce a definition of the discourse in a non classical perspective. Thus, the discourse is thought as a concrete field of a discursive production, where agents with relevant discursive habituses are included. They are able to perceive and produce a certain discourse throughout their actions in a discursive space, generating discursive practices. 2. Archeology and genealogical analysis (“through Foucault”) allows emphasizing on the discursive orders dimension from the viewpoint of making explicit “rules” and “regularities”, “genesis” and “historical a priori”, sedimented under the shape of “archive”, outlining the logic of a modern order-making of the discourse. The article paragraphs make explicit some of the starting premises, which are basis for a development of such a project. They aim to disclose the theoretical and methodological opportunities of sociology of discursive practices. Such kind of sociology is a historical as an intention as far as it introduces the temporality of the discursive practices and enables their sociological problematizing of a “practical logic of the discourse order” in thus outlined dialogical space.

  • Issue Year: 41/2009
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 50-69
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Bulgarian