The Kabyle House or the World Reversed! The interior of the Kabyle house is rectangular in shape and divided into two parts, at a point two-thirds of the way. This chapter focuses on practice theory and on the writings of Pierre Bourdieu, who self-consciously intervened in an effort to overcome the debate between. In Pierre Bourdieu’s essay, he mainly focuses on the Kabyle house. He focuses on what the layout of the house is and how that layout effects.

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The women and men have different responsibilities and it seems that sex plays a very big role in how their daily lives are effected. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Seemingly this being a very archaic system I am glad that we do things different here.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. Print Save Cite Housr Share. Questions, bourdiwu, notes for discussion This week, I am hoping that we would start discussing Pierre Bourdieu’s s piece Kabyle Berber house and Paul Silverstein’s very recent critique of it.

In the house there is a divide between public and private life. The darkness has a protective quality. Notify me of new comments via email. Youth, Crime, and Public Policy.

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He forms many relationships between the bouedieu and simple household objects, such as jars, or food. What are the possible methodologies that needs to be employed towards arriving at such a knowledge of the space of everday life? His analysis of the house is merely a reflection of the organization of the society based off of gender.


It is an interesting approach that Bourdieu takes on his examination of the Kabyle house.

Parts of the house are said to have a representational quality of the feminine and fertility based off of the lighting, the location, hojse the activity that occurs.

This makes it so that the everyday lives of men and women are very different putting the two systems at odds with each other. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: He also gives certain parts of the house a male or female characteristic based on location and what is stored there.

Bourdieu’s Kabyle House is one of the most often cited ethnographies of domestic space. How does structure relate bouddieu individual decision making?

The outside world is not to see what goes on inside. Let’s start the discussion with discussing these two complimentary works, and start to discuss the problems of dealing with domestic space, how do we study spaces and places that are culturally, socio-symbolically charged and meaning-ful.

How does one get to know, excavate, arrive at such complexity of domestic spaces, houses, through ethnographic fieldwork? Discussing Paul’s argument, we can perhaps focus on “rooting and uprooting” as arboreal metaphors for cultural phenomena, and the “structural nostalgia” of Bourdieu.

Bourdieu’s work on the Kabyle house demonstrates how complex the spaces in which we live are in their symbolic associations, everyday fluidity of their various functions, cultural meanings, social configurations, spatial hermeneutics. Email required Address never made public. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Then I will try to show an excerpt from the documentary Architecture of mud, and we can extend our discussion of the vernacular domestic spaces with Suzanne Blier’s work on houses of West Africa, which gives a more recent account of her ethnographic work.


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The Kabyle House or The World Reversed

In sum, how do the registers of gun talk relate to the individual decisions to carry guns? And what would account for the change? Woman work in the darker hpuse, farther from the entrance of the home. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. How does ethnography, ethno-history, anthropology and archaeology inform each other?

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Bourdieu and Practice Theory

He makes a comparison with the dark and the light parts of the house to the female and the male in the family. Notify me of new comments via email.

Don’t have an kanyle Language of the Gun: This site uses cookies. Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Search my Subject Specializations: Men rule the public life, existing in the lighter parts of the house, and closer to the entrance. Do they help us understand why the Catalina youths possess guns, and can they help us predict which youths carry?

Do the structures change over time? You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Bourdieu and Practice Theory: From the Kabyle House to the Street Corner – Chicago Scholarship

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. If we were dealing with an ancient house through excavation, how much of this body of knowledge we have access to?

Because women predominate the darker part of the house in terms of intimacy, and the work that they do, fertility is representational of the darkness.