Response to Simon Susen’s “Bourdieusian Reflections on Language: Unavoidable Conditions of the Real Speech Situation”

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Robbins, D. 2013. Response to Simon Susen’s “Bourdieusian Reflections on Language: Unavoidable Conditions of the Real Speech Situation”. Social Epistemology. 27 (3-4), pp. 261-274.
AuthorsRobbins, D.
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This paper argues that Simon Susen’s “Bourdieusian reflections on language: Unavoidable conditions of the real speech situation” does not sufficiently acknowledge that Bourdieu’s work is always “conjunctural”, a consequence of his “position-taking” as an individual and intellectual. It examines in detail the historical context between 1972 and 1982 of most of Bourdieu’s texts considered a-historically by Susen. It suggests that Susen’s analysis wrongly attempts to situate Bourdieu as a philosopher of language, rather than as a socio-linguist. Although he differentiates Bourdieu from Habermas in showing that Bourdieu emphasizes the social context of linguistic exchanges, Susen does not follow Bourdieu in applying this contextualization to his own practice, with the result that he strangely approves of Bourdieu almost in terms established by Habermas, rather than in the terms set by Bourdieu himself.

JournalSocial Epistemology
Journal citation27 (3-4), pp. 261-274
ISSN1464-5297
0269-1728
Year2013
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02691728.2013.818736
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Print21 Nov 2013
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Deposited06 Jul 2015
Accepted21 Nov 2013
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social Epistemology on 21.11.13, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02691728.2013.818736
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