Fields of Recognition: A Dialogue Between Pierre Bourdieu and Axel Honneth

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This paper aims to enrich the idea of the institutionalized sphere of recognition developed by Axel Honneth and Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of the “social field” by combining them. First, it underlines the characteristics that the two viewpoints share. Second, the paper argues that their combination can be mutually beneficial for overcoming some of their respective theoretical limits: the issue of the determination of the amplitude of the social field and the nature of the power that institutions of recognition exercise on individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-339
Number of pages29
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Amplitude
  • Bourdieu
  • Honneth
  • Power
  • Recognition
  • Social field

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy


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