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Practicing Capitals Across Fields: Extending Bourdieu to Study Inter-Field Dynamics

Anesa, M., Chalkias, K., Jarzabkowski, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-8674-6628 and Spee, A. P. (2019). Practicing Capitals Across Fields: Extending Bourdieu to Study Inter-Field Dynamics. Research in the Sociology of Organizations,


This essay extends a Bourdieusian perspective on the microfoundations of institutions. Drawing on this perspective, we argue that the recursive dynamics of institutions and action orient actors towards the maintenance of distinct and contradictory practices within, rather than bridging across, different fields. We corroborate our argument with an illustration of how corporate executives strategize within the tax field compared to the philanthropy field. Specifically, we show how actors are simultaneously oriented by different capitals towards apparently contradictory strategies. Our essay provides promising avenues for future research on the microfoundations of institutions, inter-field dynamics, and critical accounting and business ethics studies.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: institutional field, capitals, microfoundations, Bourdieu, corporate tax strategies, philanthropy.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Departments: Cass Business School > Management
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