Archive for January 2012

Bourdieu

Last summer at CAIS in Fredericton we heard a very interesting paper about multi-lingual subject headings. As it happens, the French version of LCSH and the original headings in LCSH often are quite different conceptually. The author made reference to Pierre Bourdieu’s Language & Symbolic Power and I dutifully ordered a copy. I have to say it was a bit of a tough slog initially, but once I got well into it I found an immense trove of useful sociological fodder, enough that I’ve just used a tiny bit as a lens for a visualization paper (that’s all I’m going to say about that until I find out how that paper has fared). The book is definitely worth a read for folks in knowledge organization. I’d have added it to my seminar’s reading list but the students were already blanching at the length of that list. Sorry friends, reading is one of the scholars’ burdens.

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Posted January 15, 2012 by lazykoblog in linguistics

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