Pierre Bourdieu Reflection

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Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction: A social critique of the judgment of taste (1984) Bourdieu uses a distinctive quantitative approach since he sought to go beyond the traditional reliance on regression analysis in contemporary sociology, in the influence of Levi-Strauss’ widely accepted structuralism. To conduct my research I used qualitative approach, but Bourdieu’s distinctive quantitative approach also gave me some perspectives. This book is based upon Bourdieu’s empirical research from 1963 to 1968 which include his fieldwork experiences among the Kabyles and urban poor in Algeria as well as his observation in French society (Wikipedia). My study focuses on the urban people of Dhaka city. This book helped me to understand the characteristics…show more content…
Again different forms of capitals which are influencing people’s mall preferences can be explained from the learning of this book. It is assumed that culture of a definite sector is merely expresses by their organizational behavior and activities. Thus the growing culture of shopping malls can be understood with the help of this book. Arlene Dávila, El Mall: The Spatial and Class Politics of Shopping Malls in Latin America (2015) This book is a thick analysis of the shifts in the growing culture of shopping malls and in the shopping behavior and consumption in the malls of Latin America. The ubiquity of this shift is undeniable in today’s world and this helped to understand the growing enthusiasm of shopping in the context of Dhaka city. In Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, which serves as Dávila’s case study, the author notes that through globalization mechanisms, such as skyscrapers, mega-events, and even massive shopping malls, cities become recognized as modern and sophisticated. Because of these, the inequalities that run rampant during this production become…show more content…
An important issue of my study is the characteristics of mall culture that can be understood from this work. Sugata Bose & Ayesha Jalal, Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy (2011) Bose & Jalal provides a critical summary of the history of modern South Asia, ranging from a brief discussion of the changes in culture, society, economics, and politics from 18th century to the 21st century in this continent, especially Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. This study is heavily influenced by Edward Said’s critique of Orientalism. During the eighteenth century, with the decline of the Mughals and the rise of colonialism, the period of British hegemony started to establish. In my fieldwork, I saw this British hegemony is still continuing to influence peoples “tastes”. Even the preferences of malls over traditional shopping markets can be explained through this hegemony alone. From this work, the concept or idea about evolution and chronological change of a culture can be drawn. I designed the chronological change of the shopping culture of Dhaka city which I studied with the help of this piece of

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