The construction of the scientific university fields and its reflexes in the production of Pierre Bourdieu's Homo Academicus

Keywords: Field, Habitus, Symbolic Capitals, Scientific Field, University Field


The objective of this study is to clarify how the notions of field, habitus and capital participate in the structure of the scientific and university fields. The question discussed focuses on how Pierre Bourdieu not only carries out an exercise that would consist of applying such conceptual notions to the practical scope of scientific production and academic life, but also elaborates an epistemology that explores the meaning and social impacts of paradigms functioning of these social spaces. It cannot be forgotten that the author elaborates his theory as one who also participates in these spaces, as one who knows the game and the competitive struggles. The question that intrigues Bourdieu, and that leads him in all his theoretical effort to highlight the structuring structure that affects the agents of the fields is: who would be the homo academicus? One who likes the finished! This answer, however, embodies new questions, all of which are implicated in the understanding of how the field works. This homo academicus would be affected by the conditions of possibility of his belonging to the scientific field and the university field and would be involved in countless conflicts, illusio, that is, the positions he occupies are not a guarantee of belonging, it will depend on his skill in the game , the place, or the group side is. It is, therefore, an object of Bourdieusian analysis on the structuring of social spaces based on their political dimension, and the man who builds himself in this dynamic process.


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Author Biography

Catarina Gomes, Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Minas Gerais, Brasil

Master and PhD in Education from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), having defended theses in the area of Sociology of Education and Teacher Training. Currently she is a professor of Philosophy/Sociology at CEFET/MG.


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How to Cite
Gomes, C. (2020). The construction of the scientific university fields and its reflexes in the production of Pierre Bourdieu’s Homo Academicus. Religación, 5(25), 28-40.