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    © Simon A. Eugster

HabitusAnalysis: dispositions, positions, identity


"HabitusAnalysis" is our theory and method based on Bourdieu's sociology, which interrelates human dispositions of thinking and acting with the positions of actors in a wide variety of social power relations. Bourdieu had made it his program to overcome the separation of "social semiology" and "social physics" and thus also of qualitative and quantitative methods, thinking and structures, dispositions and positions. However, he did not develop an original method for analyzing dispositions.


Dispositional analysis, which we have developed in many empirical studies over the past 40 years, provides such a method. Using the models of the praxeological square and the network of dispositions, it allows a methodical reconstruction of concrete experiences of actors and the cognitive processing of these experiences. And it facilitates linking this reconstruction to the actors' positions in different fields of praxis (functional differentiation) and within the general distribution of power in society (social inequality).

Thus, it becomes possible to relate, in a sociologically controlled way, cognitive and emotional attitudes of actors to their objective positions in the social space. Beyond synchronic analyses, the approach can also be developed further in a diachronic perspective (see below, Schlerka: “Time…”).


Together with the Semantic Computing Group at CITEC, we are planning a software that will combine our methodology with state of the art techniques of Natural Language Processing, and thus enable dispositional analysis to be effectively applied to larger data sets.


Selected publications


Further literature can be found under "Publications Schäfer and Team"

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