The Things I Have to Put Up With

“Since we know that the need to frequent museums or churches is conditional on frequenting museums and churches, and that assiduous frequentation supposes the need to frequent, it is clear that breaking the circle of the first entry into a church or museum requires a predisposition towards frequentation which, short of a miraculous predestination, can only be the family disposition to cause frequenting by frequenting sufficiently to produce a lasting disposition to frequent.”

Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron, Reproduction in Education, Society and Culture, 2d ed., trans., Richard Nice [London: Sage, 1977], 38.




  1. 1
    xie Says:

    i can only imagine that this is a serious quote, judging from the title of the book… but, i mean really?!

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    qualifiedcondition Says:

    Paraphrase, “I’m not much of a ‘joiner.'”

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    bolig Says:

    my brain is leaking out my nose.

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    wess Says:

    I hope to frequently return to your blog and with frequency read that quote.

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    elcaballo Says:

    Thanks for all your sympathy. In the preface to the last edition of the book, Bourdieu admits the book was written in “a language which, I must concede, did at times reach peaks of density and difficulty.” Thanks for that, but still…consider a rewrite?

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