"An autonomous microcosm within the social macrocosm"(P. BOURDIEU, 2000)
"Autonomous "is a perfect caracterization of such a microcosm, as it means that it possesses (i.e. establishes and maintains) its own definitory norms and rules.
Social fields can be observed in all human institutions and organizations- as for ex. in religious groups of any kind, in business, in politics, in the arts and even in scientific disciplines within academic structures.
It is not proper to any culture, but it offers a wide arc of specific forms in accordance with environmental and historical conditions.
Recent research rises the possibility that some precursor forms of social fields may exist in some insect societies, as beehives and termites mounds.
Social fields could conceivably be related to competition for the occupation of the internal social space, and also to some kinds of age classes or cohorts.
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