Bourdieu: Critical Perspectives / Edition 2

Bourdieu: Critical Perspectives / Edition 2

by Craig Calhoun
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226090930

ISBN-13: 9780226090931

Pub. Date: 08/28/1993

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Long a dominant figure in the French human sciences, Pierre Bourdieu has become internationally influential in the fields of sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies. A major figure in the development of "practice" as an organizing concept in social research, Bourdieu has emerged as the foremost advocate of reflexive social science; his work combines an

Overview

Long a dominant figure in the French human sciences, Pierre Bourdieu has become internationally influential in the fields of sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies. A major figure in the development of "practice" as an organizing concept in social research, Bourdieu has emerged as the foremost advocate of reflexive social science; his work combines an astonishing range of empirical work with highly sophisticated theory. American reception of his works, however, has lacked a full understanding of their place within the broad context of French human science. His individual works separated by distinct boundaries between social science fields in American academia, Bourdieu's cohesive thought has come to this country in fragments.

Bourdieu: Critical Perspectives provides a unified and balanced appraisal of Bourdieu's varied works by both proponents and skeptics. The essays are written from the varied viewpoints of cultural anthropology, ethnomethodology and other varieties of sociology, existential and Wittgensteinian philosophies, linguistics, media studies, and feminism. They work around three main themes: Bourdieu's effort to transcend gaps between practical knowledge and universal structures, his central concept of "reflexivity," and the relations between social structure, systems of classification, and language.

Ultimately, the contributors raise a variety of crucial theoretical questions and address problems that are important not only to understanding Bourdieu but to advancing empirical work of the kind he has pioneered. In an essay written especially for this volume, Bourdieu describes his own "mode of intellectual production" and the reasons he sees for its common misunderstanding. The contributors are Hubert Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow, Charles Taylor, Aaron Cicourel, James Collins, William Hanks, Beate Krais, Nicholas Garnham, Scott Lash, Roger Brubaker, and Loic Wacquant, and the editors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226090931
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/28/1993
Edition description:
1
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Bourdieu and Social Theory
Moishe Postone, Edward LiPuma, and Craig Calhoun
Can There Be a Science of Existential Structure and Social Meaning?
Hubert Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow
To Follow a Rule
Charles Taylor
Habitus, Field, and Capital: The Question of Historical Specificity
Craig Calhoun
Aspects of Structural and Processual Theories of Knowledge
Aaron V. Cicourel
Determination and Contradiction: An Appreciation and Critique of the Work of Pierre Bourdieu on Language and Education
James Collins
Notes on Semantics in Linguistic Practice
William F. Hanks
Gender and Symbolic Violence: Female Oppression in the Light of Pierre Bourdieu's Theory of Social Practice
Beate Krais
Bourdieu, the Cultural Arbitrary, and Television
Nicholas Garnham
Pierre Bourdieu: Cultural Economy and Social Change
Scott Lash
Social Theory as Habitus
Rogers Brubaker
Bourdieu in America: Notes on the Transatlantic Importation of Social Theory
Loic J. D. Wacquant
Concluding Remarks: For a Sociogenetic Understanding of Intellectual Works
Pierre Bourdieu

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