Taking Bourdieu to the Shantytown


This essay extends Bourdieu’s work on habitat–habitus and symbolic domination to the study of urban marginality. A full account of urban relegation should pay systematic attention to the environmental hazards to which the dispossessed are routinely exposed. Social science accounts of how domination works at the urban margins should place poor people’s experience of time (and, particularly, of waiting) at their front and center.