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An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology by Pierre Bourdieu, Loïc Wacquant

By Pierre Bourdieu, Loïc Wacquant

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Over the final 3 many years, the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu has produced the most ingenious and refined our bodies of social idea and learn of the publish conflict period. but, regardless of the effect of his paintings, no unmarried creation to his wide-ranging oeuvre is obtainable. This ebook, meant for an English-speaking viewers, bargains a scientific and obtainable evaluate, supplying interpretive keys to the inner common sense of Bourdieu's paintings via explicating thematic and methodological rules underlying his paintings.

The constitution of Bourdieu's conception of information, perform, and society is first dissected by way of Loic Wacquant; he then collaborates with Bourdieu in a discussion during which they talk about principal strategies of Bourdieu's paintings, confront the most objections and criticisms his paintings has met, and description Bourdieu's perspectives of the relation of sociology to philosophy, economics, historical past, and politics. the ultimate part captures Bourdieu in motion within the seminar room as he addresses the subject of the way to perform the craft of reflexive sociology. all through, they pressure Bourdieu's emphasis on reflexivity—his inclusion of a thought of highbrow perform as an vital section of a thought of society—and on method—particularly his demeanour of posing difficulties that allows a move of data from one quarter of inquiry into one other.

Amplified by way of notes and an intensive bibliography, this man made view is key interpreting for either scholars and complicated students.

About the Author:

Pierre Bourdieu held the Chair of Sociology on the Collège de France, the place he directed the heart for ecu Sociology, the magazine Actes de l. a. recherche en sciences sociales, and the publishing condo Raisons d’agir versions until eventually his demise in 2002. he's some of the most influential social scientists of the 20 th century in addition to a number one public highbrow interested in the worldwide mobilization opposed to neoliberalism. he's the writer of various classics of sociology and anthropology. between them are copy in schooling, Society, and tradition, define of a idea of perform, contrast: A Social Critique of the Judgment of flavor, Homo Academicus, the foundations of artwork: Genesis and constitution of the inventive box, and Pascalian Meditations.

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Indeed, Mounier was influenced by the existential tradition and quoted writers such as Kierkegaard and Jaspers extensively. But Catholic writers were not alone in being touched by existentialist thinking; and indeed, the leading writer in France – Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–80) – was also an existentialist, albeit of an atheistic persuasion. Sartre had written important works in the 1930s, and expressed himself both as a writer of plays and fiction, as well as books on philosophy. However, it was the war years that crystallized his reputation as a writer of world significance.

As outlined in Chapter 1, we know that his father was the son of a “métayer” – a farmer holding land on condition that half the produce is given to the landlord – who, at the age of about thirty, when Bourdieu was born, became a postman, and then the postmaster, in a small village about twenty kilometres south 26 theory of PrACtiCe of Pau in the Béarn, in the direction of the omnipresent barrier of the Pyrenees dominating the sky-line. Bourdieu talks of his childhood experience as the transfuge fils de transfuge (Bourdieu 2007 [2004: 109]).

This was also Bourdieu’s general problem. In the foreword to the second, abridged, edition of Lire le Capital, Althusser regretted that his discussions, and those of his colleagues, were thought to be “structuralist”. He sought to confirm his objections to structuralism as a form of “theoreticism”. Again, this was Bourdieu’s position. However, Althusser admitted that one of the theses that he advanced “did express a certain ‘theoreticist’ tendency”. He continued: More precisely, the definition of philosophy as a theory of theoretical practice … is unilateral and therefore inaccurate.

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