Field Autonomy and Division of the Labour of Domination: The Case of the Danish Field of Power

Jacob Aagaard Lunding, Christoph Houman Ellersgaard, Anton Grau Larsen

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How are power translated from being tied to a specific field to becomeuseful in a broader societal setting? This relationship between powersderived from holding a particular position in an established field and theefficacy of the power in what Pierre Bourdieu calls the field of power isthe key concern of this paper. In other words, we ask: How is therelationship between different structure of the field of power andstructure of the different fields that compose the field of power?We analyse the relationship between positions in the fields and thepositions of the field of power through a class specific analysis of theDanish field of power constructed through multiple correspondenceanalysis. We base the construction of the field of power on a verydetailed prosopographical database of 423 individuals located at thecore of Danish power networks in 2013. We then analyse the logics ofhow individuals from business, unions, state, politics and science arepositioned on the field of power. We show how each of these fields are,at the same time, related to the overall structure of the field of powerand to field specific, i.e. autonomous, logics.With these fields, we typically find a predominately two dimensionalstructure. Of these the first is often related to the position of agents ofthe field of power as a whole. However , the second dimension is oftentied to field specific logics, i.e. the oppositions between owners andmanagers on the economic field, between blue and white collar unionswithin the field of organised labour, within researchers andadministrators within the academic field or between local and nationalpoliticians within the political field.
TitelBook of Abstracts : Nordic Sociological Conference 2018
Antal sider1
ForlagAalborg Universitet
StatusUdgivet - 2018
Begivenhed29th Nordic Sociological Association Conference. NSA 2018 - Aalborg University, Aalborg, Danmark
Varighed: 8 aug. 201810 aug. 2018
Konferencens nummer: 29


Konference29th Nordic Sociological Association Conference. NSA 2018
LokationAalborg University