Bourdieu the Ethnographer: Grounding the Habitus of the ‘Far-Right’ Voter

McCluskey, E. 2024. Bourdieu the Ethnographer: Grounding the Habitus of the ‘Far-Right’ Voter. Cooperation and Conflict. 59 (1), pp. 23-46. https://doi.org/10.1177/00108367231154165

TitleBourdieu the Ethnographer: Grounding the Habitus of the ‘Far-Right’ Voter
TypeJournal article
AuthorsMcCluskey, E.
Abstract

This paper pushes the work of Bourdieu into more ethnographic directions within international social sciences, particularly studies of everyday (in)security. Thematically, it looks at how transformations in global politics towards increased xenophobia and the normalisation of ‘far-right’ politics can be examined through mobilising ‘Bourdieu the ethnographer’ (Blommaert 2005). Using the example of Sweden, and an ethnography of everyday life around a refugee resettlement facility in 2013 and 2014, the paper argues that Bourdieu the ethnographer provides important conceptual tools for understanding the way in which logics of (in)security shifted ever further into everyday life. This thus offers an interesting way to think about the normalisation of far-right and xenophobic politics more broadly. Through conducting this specific type of Bourdieu-inspired ethnography, the paper empirically grounds the ‘habitus’ of the so-called ‘far-right’ voter. Taking seriously the temporal dimension of habitus, Bourdieu the ethnographer orients analysis towards transformation, evolution and flux, allowing ‘far-right’ to be conceived relationally. In the Swedish case, we are thus able to trace the shift from a ‘welcoming’ to an ‘exclusionary’ type of politics.

JournalCooperation and Conflict
Journal citation59 (1), pp. 23-46
ISSN0010-8367
1460-3691
Year2024
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscript
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/00108367231154165
Publication dates
Published online12 Apr 2023
Published in print2024
FunderESRC (Economic & Social Research Council)

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