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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.

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A dozen essays reflect an encounter between the theoretical practice of the internationally influential French social scientist Pierre Bourdieu and several strands in interdisciplinary Anglo-American social theory. They set out the essential contours of Bourdieu's project, locate his analytical concepts within the wider arena of social theory, and suggest some of the issues involved in conceptualizing determinate aspects of social life by means of those concepts. Includes an original concluding essay by Bourdieu. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226090931
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Calhoun is president of the Social Science Research Council and professor of sociology and history at New York University. He is the editor or coeditor of several volumes and author of Nationalism and Neither Gods nor Emperors.

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Table of Contents

The Authors
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Bourdieu and Social Theory 1
1 Culture and the Concept of Culture in a Theory of Practice 14
2 Can there be a Science of Existential Structure and Social Meaning? 35
3 To Follow a Rule... 45
4 Habitus, Field, and Capital: The Question of Historical Specificity 61
5 Aspects of Structural and Processual Theories of Knowledge 89
6 Determination and Contradiction: An Appreciation and Critique of the Work of Pierre Bourdieu on Language and Education 116
7 Notes on Semantics in Linguistic Practice 139
8 Gender and Symbolic Violence: Female Oppression in the Light of Pierre Bourdieu's Theory of Social Practice 156
9 Bourdieu, the Cultural Arbitrary, and Television 178
10 Pierre Bourdieu: Cultural Economy and Social Change 193
11 Social Theory as Habitus 212
12 Bourdieu in America: Notes on the Transatlantic Importation of Social Theory 235
Concluding Remarks: For a Sociogenetic Understanding of Intellectual Works 263
Bourdieu Bibliography 276
Index of Names 281
General Index 284
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