Linking our desires the actions we must take


Posted on May 30th, by Liz Throop in ⠿ BLOG. No Comments

Sociologist Pierre Bourdieu made some profound observations about social class in France based on extensive field research. Of course most of us don’t care who liked Edith Piaf back in the 1970s, but Bourdieu’s approach is profound: he teases out how everybody’s material desires are arbitrary. We don’t want a steak dinner because it’s delicious, we want it because it represents the good life to our kind of people. We don’t want children so much as we long to perpetuate our tribe, if you will. If you are skeptical, I urge you to read his book <em>Distinction</em> despite its tortuous long sentences and overlapping concepts. (Please post if you know of a good synopsis of this work!) Bourdieu stresses that humans make a virtue of necessity, that we desire those things which we think we can achieve, those things that we think will empower us. He says we have little awareness of this because of habitus, the inculcation we get from our parents and community starting at birth. By Bourdieu’s thinking, reducing population growth isn’t so much about coercing people as it is explaining why it aligns with their values, and then giving them the means to achieve it





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