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Pierre Bourdieu: Fieldwork in Culture
     

Pierre Bourdieu: Fieldwork in Culture

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by Nicholas Brown
 

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The work of Pierre Bourdieu, one of the most influential French intellectuals of the twentieth century, has had an enormous impact on research in fields as diverse as aesthetics, education, anthropology, and sociology. Pierre Bourdieu: Fieldwork in Art, Literature, and Culture is the first collection of essays to focus specifically on the contribution of Bourdieu's

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The work of Pierre Bourdieu, one of the most influential French intellectuals of the twentieth century, has had an enormous impact on research in fields as diverse as aesthetics, education, anthropology, and sociology. Pierre Bourdieu: Fieldwork in Art, Literature, and Culture is the first collection of essays to focus specifically on the contribution of Bourdieu's thought to the study of cultural production. Though Bourdieu's own work has illuminated diverse cultural phenomena, the essays in this volume extend to new cultural forms and to national situations outside France. Far from simply applying Bourdieu's concepts and theoretical tools to these new contexts, the essays in this volume consider both the possibility and limits of Bourdieu's sociology for the study of culture.

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Interchange
The book Pierre Bourdieu is useful to researchers who contemplate what really useful knowledge and work are in contemorary academe where social structures and cultural forms too often conform to the marketplace logic of late capitalism.
International Social Science Review
Intellectual historians, sociologists, anthropologists and anyone interested in the discipline of cultural studies will want to spend some time with this book.
Marshall Brown
This sparkling and unusually coherent collection of essays emphasizes the American reception and adaptation of Bourdieu's work. It shows how Bourdieu has been resisted and embraced and discusses how his terms and methods might be both used and modified by American academics. Theoretical reflections are productively complemented by empirical investigations of non-canonical and popular artistic expressions and by discussions of the position of women in Bourdieu's thought.
(London) Times Literary Supplement
Readers in different national contexts should use [this book] to reflect on the social factors affecting their responses to Bordieu's work.
(London) Times Literary Supplement (UK)
Readers in different national contexts should use [this book] to reflect on the social factors affecting their responses to Bordieu's work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461640882
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/19/2000
Series:
Culture and Education Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
2 MB

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Marshall Brown
This sparkling and unusually coherent collection of essays emphasizes the American reception and adaptation of Bourdieu's work. It shows how Bourdieu has been resisted and embraced and discusses how his terms and methods might be both used and modified by American academics. Theoretical reflections are productively complemented by empirical investigations of non-canonical and popular artistic expressions and by discussions of the position of women in Bourdieu's thought.

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Nicholas Brown is assistant professor of English at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Imre Szeman is assistant professor of English at McMaster University.

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Pierre Bourdieu: Fieldwork in Culture 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many of the essays are well worth reading; indeed, the last essay, Bourdieu's own contribution, makes essential reading. A persistent sub-theme in the collection is Bourdieu's North-American reception and the concomitant appropriation of his work by literary and cultural-studies scholars as well as sociologists. Bourdieu's commentary on this phenomenon is a brilliant piece of rhetoric; the primary grounds on which it can be criticized are, ironically, his own. Its very imperfections, e.g. its distorted understanding of the U.S. intellectual field, turn out precisely to prove his point about the incommensurability of knowledges produced within different institutional configurations. 'Proving him wrong' about his North American perception would only, in the larger context, prove him right! -------------------------
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent for any lay reader who is interested in philosophy, critical theory, or cultural studies, and wants to see what Bourdieu is all about and why he's so important. It might be more useful to start with the second half first to get a feel for how Bourdieu's models are used, and then go back to the first half to read the more theoretical material. But for someone who has wanted to know what the fuss was about but wasn't sure it was quite worth slogging through 'Outline of a Theory of Practice' or whatever, this is a great place to start.