Pierre Bourdieu: Agent Provocateur

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Overview


The French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu is now recognized as leading intellectual of the late twentieth century. This comprehensive account of Bourdieu's life and work traces the origins of his ideas and theories, explaining and exploring just what Bourdieu argued for and why. Illuminating the social, political, and philosophical strands that run through his work, Michael Grenfell's broad study takes in Bourdieu's response to The Algerian Crisis, his ideas for the reform of state education, and his views on aesthetics and the mass media. Detailed attention is also paid to Bourdieu's overtly political stance, including his critique of capitalism and his opposition to recent Western military action in Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan.

Laying out the implications of Bourdieu's work and assessing the consequences, Grenfell explains why his ideas are still relevant and suggests where his ideas might be taken from here. This clear, thorough account of Bourdieu is invaluable to students, researchers and teachers of contemporary society theory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826467096
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 1,018,320
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Grenfell is Professor in the School of Education, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. He has researched and published extensively in Applied Linguistics and the Philosophy of Education. He had a longstanding association with Bourdieu and is author of four other books on his work, including Agent Provocateur (Continuum).

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Table of Contents

1 Bourdieu - personally speaking 7
2 Algeria 33
3 Education and training 56
4 Media and culture 84
5 Economics 113
6 Acts of resistance 141
7 Raison d'Etre 164
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