Christoper F. Sasot

University of Perpetual Help Jonelta – GMA Campus


The study presents a perspective for the analysis of war experiences, particularly through the war soldier’s habitus. Bourdieu’s Field theory helped in understanding the factors that affect survival through the concepts field, cultural capital, and habitus. Habitus, in particular, focused on the psychosocial aspects of the soldiers. Data comes from three combat soldiers who have private as ranks and were currently deployed in Marawi City. They were part of the first batch of reinforcement sent to rescue soldiers who were ambushed by the extremist group. The study emphasized the way in which the cultural capital, power relations, and dispositions that forms habitus represents war experiences and affected the practice of killing, and survival.

Keywords:habitus, soldiers, field theory