American Sociological Association

The Heavy Hands of the State

The modern state is that ensemble of fields of struggle among actors, agencies, and institutions over the capacity and right to monopolize not only the legitimate means of physical violence, as Max Weber famously argued, but also the means of symbolic violence over a given territory and its inhabitants. So argues Pierre Bourdieu, whose critical sociology of symbolic power is globally one of the most widely acknowledged approaches in sociology today.

Authors

David L. Swartz

Volume

48

Issue

1

Starting Page

12

Ending Page

19