Gender inequality in the context of symbolic violence in Pierre Bourdieu's sociology

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Bursa Uludağ University, Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü, Turkey

Approval Date: 2020

Thesis Language: Turkish

Student: Selin Bayrakdar

Supervisor: FATİH AMAN


This thesis aims to create a conceptional base on the first chapter, explaining Bourdieu’s life, works and basic concepts. On the second chapter, the connection between symbolic violence and social gender inequality is clarified within the context of Bourdie’s sociology, after the concepts of violence, symbolic violence and social gender inequality are explained. According to Bourdieu, symbolic violence has a major contribution to carrying on social gender inequality. In this research, literature review technique was used to prove that symbolic violence has a role in carrying on social gender inequality. Bourdieu marks that women also have a part in male dominance and argue that the sole way of being free from male dominance is all out deconstuction of reproduction strategies. In this context, the concept of reflectivity presented by Bourdieu, who offers a new perspective to gender studies, as a possibility of resistance towards gender inequality is discussed in the last section.