Methodological Principles and Practice
Edited By Michael Grenfell and Frédéric Lebaron
Introduction to Part III
Geometric Data Analysis techniques are in direct and strong affinity with Pierre Bourdieu’s sociological theory.
First, they provide a ‘relational’ view of social reality and help to overcome any form of ‘substantialism’ in the description of groups, practices or attitudes. They are consistent with Bourdieu’s ‘cassirerian’ conception of science.
Secondly, they develop a ‘spatial’ representation of reality, which suits particularly well the project of operationalizing the notions of field and social space, notions which become central in Bourdieu’s theoretical construction after 1971. They allow the construction of fields and social spaces as research objects which are defined as reference-spaces for the sociologist.