International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Bringing in Bourdieu's theory of Practice: Understanding Community-Based Damar Agroforest Management in Pesisir Krui, West Lampung District, Indonesia
Panji Suminar

The purpose of the study is to analyze social and cultural practices of repong damar agroforest among damar cultivators in Pesisir Krui, West Lampung, Indonesia. Drawing upon the writings of Pierre Bourdieu, I use qualitative approach to examine dialectic relationships of three core of Bourdieu’s concepts: habitus, social fields, and capitals in repong damar agroforest practices. The study was carried out in three villages, selected based on historical differences of their dammar cultivation. The villages are Pahmungan, Panengahan, and Penggawa Lima Tengah villages. The study employed qualitative approach by adopting ethnography method. The findings reveal that social and cultural practices in managing repong dammar agroforests have established and developed sustainable local ecological, social, cultural, and economic institutions. In some extents, Bourdieu’s theory of practice enriches conceptual framework of understanding social and cultural practices in wider institutional and cultural contexts.In addition, the theory creates an avenue for comphrehensive analysis of human actions in different social worlds.

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