Communities of practice and habitus: a critique

Mutch, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8054-6649, 2003. Communities of practice and habitus: a critique. Organization Studies, 24 (3), pp. 383-401. ISSN 0170-8406

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Abstract

Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of habitus is frequently drawn upon in work on learning and knowledge in organizations. However, this use is much looser than Bourdieu’s emphasis on habitus as generative structure. This tension is explored in an examination of the work of UK public house managers, using the notion of communities of practice. The issues that this raises about habitus are developed through a consideration of the work of Basil Bernstein. His work indicates the value of a concept that emphasizes durable dispositions to act, but such a concept needs to be embedded in a relational conception of the agency-structure divide.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Organization Studies
Creators: Mutch, A.
Publisher: Sage Publications
Place of Publication: London
Date: 2003
Volume: 24
Number: 3
ISSN: 0170-8406
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10.1177/0170840603024003909DOI
Rights: Copyright 2004 by Sage Publications. All rights reserved. No portion of the contents may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:45
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:37
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17671

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