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"Die Instrumente der Erkenntnis gegen sich selber richten" : eine Interpretation der Analyse des geographischen Feldes mit Bourdieu

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Fleischer, Matthias ; Haferburg, Christoph:
"Die Instrumente der Erkenntnis gegen sich selber richten" : eine Interpretation der Analyse des geographischen Feldes mit Bourdieu.
In: Berichte zur deutschen Landeskunde. Vol. 86 (2012) Issue 4 . - pp. 411-418.
ISSN 0005-9099

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The "social network analysis" aims at identifying the inner relationships a given social group or entity is defined by. Methodologically applied with the intention to produce results about the social configuration that the researcher himself/herself is part of, such an empirical task can be interpreted in terms of the principles of reflexivity in social science as they are advocated by the work of Pierre Bourdieu: empirical work therefore follows the epistemological interest to reveal the conditions that covertly and unconsciously structure the work and the interest itself, thus enabling the researcher to gain knowledge about the influences and effects constituting the process of research. In this essay we argue that the social network analysis by STEINBRINK et al. (2010 and in this issue) implies similarities to those principles of science of scientific work and therefore to the work of Pierre Bourdieu on the scientific field with its focus on structuring power relations and the role and positionality of the (researching) subject within this specific social field. By following this we show that the analysis of quality and strength of social relations also implies an analysis of the power structures in the given sample. Moreover, a correlation of the socio-analytical theories of Pierre Bourdieu with the empirical tools of the social network analysis has to include further aspects (e.g. the limits of the field or the pathways of the subjects) to understand the social embeddedness of the researched network in the social space. We thus focus with our “re-reading” of the discussed study on the following two major aspects: (a) the project’s proximity to Bourdieus principles of reflexivity in and about social science and (b) the potential of an analysis of the intrinsic power relations, which is in our view brought forth by the discussed study. Building on those aspects we argue for an invitation to the manifold practice of “science of science and reflexivity” (BOURDIEU 2004b) within Human Geography.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Bourdieu; Geographie; Soziale Netzwerkanalyse
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Social and Population Geography
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Social and Population Geography > Chair Social and Population Geography - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eberhard Rothfuß
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
900 History and geography > 910 Geography, travel
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2020 06:36
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2020 08:19
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/56836