„Die feinen Unterschiede“ – Pierre Bourdieu erläutert seine Sozialtheorie

In einem sehr interessanten Interview in einer Dokumentation des Hessischen Rundfunks aus dem Jahre 1981 erläutert Pierre Bourdieu seine Theorie bzw. Theorielemente, die er in seinem Buch „Die feinen Unterschiede“ entwickelt hat (Bourdieu, Pierre (1991): Die feinen Unterschiede. Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp, französischsprachiges Original 1979 bzw. deutschsprachiges 1982). Er klärt u.a., was er mit Habitus meint und legt seine Theorie der „Kapitalsorten“ dar.

Der etwas mehr als 40 Minuten lange Beitrag des Hessischen Rundfunks ist im besten Sinne altmodisch – er bleibt bei seinem Thema, auf die heute oftmals verwendeten, unnötigen und ablenkenden Animationen wird verzichtet, die Erläuterungen des Sprechers sind präzise. Fernsehen ist eben doch nicht dazu gezwungen, zur „Blödmaschine“ (Metz, Markus; Seeßlen, Georg (2012): Blödmaschinen. Die Fabrikation der Stupidität. Berlin: Suhrkamp) zu verkommen.


„The uber-ization of everything“

„Robert Samuel, founder of Same Ole Line Dudes, makes up to $1,000 a week to stand in line. He waits in line for Broadway shows, sample sales, tech releases and even brunch waitlists. Samuel recently spent 48 hours outside the Apple store in the Meatpacking District waiting for the iPhone 6s. He was the first in line, slept in a fold-up cot for two nights, had pizza delivered to his spot and snagged $1000 for the gig. Samuel’s business joins dozens of “Ubers” like Lugg: Uber for Movers, Doughbies On-Demand: Uber for chocolate chip cookies, Minibar: Uber for alcohol and Breather: Uber for peace and quiet — all of which essentially allow customers to buy their way to the front.“ (Source: The Uber-ization of everything: These guys make $1,000 a week standing in line – Salon.com)

The comments in the media are interesting. I haven’t read all of them, but two kinds of comments seem to be frequent: 1. Hey, these guys make a lot of money. (That’s good / too much). 2. Very clever business idea.

Critical comments might be hidden somewhere in my google search results, but seem not to be very frequent.  I think of comments like this: Do we want other people standing in line for us? How does this „uber-ization“ change our society by changing the moral basis? Michael Sandel is asking questions like these in his book „What Money Can’t Buy:The Moral Limits of Market“ (a summary you can  find here: http://tannerlectures.utah.edu/_documents/a-to-z/s/sandel00.pdf).

(See also my post about standing in line for others in Berlin: https://employmentrelations.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/kann-ich-einen-termin-fur-die-zulassung-meines-autos-kaufen-na-klar-optimale-allokation-uber-preise).

Wie man Banken auf Kosten der Bürger rettet: „ARD – Die Story im Ersten: Die Spur der Troika“ auf YouTube

Youtube-Kanal „Workplace Democracy“

Der Youtoube-Kanal „Workplace Democracy“ enthält viele interessante Videos zum Thema.


Regulating for Decent Work: Gerhard Bosch on employment relationships, social protection, and minimum wages

Regulating for Decent Work

Gerhard Bosch on employment relationships, social protection, and minimum wages

Gerhard Bosch, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Work and Skills at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, discusses the complex linkages between more flexible employment relationships, social protection, minimum wage setting and collective bargaining.

via Regulating for Decent Work: Gerhard Bosch on employment relationships, social protection, and minimum wages.

„Noam Chomsky on the Mondragon cooperatives and Workers‘ Councils“

An interview with Noam Chomsky in 1994 on worker’s cooperatives and works councils. Still interesting and important.

„Kalle Lasn discusses the creative destruction of neoclassical economics on CBC’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange“