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Chaotic Field Exploration: Exploring systemic field dynamics in bilateral negotiations
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to explore the nature of the social field as described by Pierre Bourdieu as well as to explore the possibility of creating a more focused and tailored set of conditions in the form of a model to repurpose the field theory to more clearly be applicable to bilateral negotiations.

The methodological approach is conceptual analysis based on the epistemology of critical realism. The supporting theories for the approach are a combination of systemic, chaos and complexity theory while the fundaments for the implementation of the methodological approach are the four main concepts in Bourdieu’s theory of the social field:  the field, habitus, illusio and symbolic capital. One of the main points of repurposing this specific dynamic is to explicitly allow for deliberate human agency within the field.

Analytical data consists purely of the secondary type. This essay is not empirically based but rather theoretical and abstract. The paper is founded on the basic principles of macrosociology and presumes social agency where appropriate.

This paper focuses on creating a tentative framework model based on repurposed concepts derived from Bourdieu. The results are arguably interesting but are mostly limited to affecting further development of this tentative model and prefacing application of it through attempting to implement it in an analytical manner on empirical data.

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2014. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
Bourdieu, the social field, bilateral negotiations, theoretical exploration, converting the field, deliberate human agency, systemic approach, macro, abstract sociological theory, critical realism
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114770ISRN: LIU-IBL/SOC-A--14/01--SEOAI: diva2:792374
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2014-11-11, Hus D, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, 581 83, Linköping, 16:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-03-20 Created: 2015-03-03 Last updated: 2015-03-20Bibliographically approved

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