Science of Science and Reflexivity

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This book is based on the last course of lectures that Pierre Bourdieu delivered at the College de France. In it he presents a highly illuminating 'Sketch for a self-analysis', applying his theories to himself to show how his social origins and educational capital influenced his academic trajectory and the course of his thinking. It is a book that will be of great interest to students and scholars throughout the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities.
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Overview

This book is based on the last course of lectures that Pierre Bourdieu delivered at the College de France. In it he presents a highly illuminating 'Sketch for a self-analysis', applying his theories to himself to show how his social origins and educational capital influenced his academic trajectory and the course of his thinking. It is a book that will be of great interest to students and scholars throughout the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities.
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Editorial Reviews

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'Bourdieu's ideas are more accessible in his lectures and interviews, and this book, consisting as it does of the final lecture course given by the author at the College de France, is relatively easy going. It is made livelier still by the asides inserted by the author whilst preparing the lectures for publication - they serve, rather like Goffman's footnotes, to draw one's attention to unlikely and therefore stimulating comparisons.'

The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

'It is a book that embodies well both the very apparant strengths and some of the more hidden weaknesses of the sociological, ethical and political positions he developed and advocated in the last decade of his life. (T)he book is a valuable record of mature ideas of a major intellectual. It is an invigorating and sometimes even amusing read.'

European Journal of Social Theory

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745630601
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) was professor of sociology at the Coll├Ęge de France. He was the author or coauthor of more than twenty works, including Distinction, Homo Academicus, Pascalian Meditations, On Television, State Nobility, Acts of Resistance, and An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology, the last published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

I The state of the question 4
1 An enchanted vision 9
2 Normal science and scientific revolutions 14
3 The 'strong programme' 18
4 A well-kept open secret 21
II A world apart 32
1 The 'craft' of the scientist 37
2 Autonomy and the conditions of entry 45
3 Scientific capital, its forms and distribution 55
4 A regulated struggle 62
5 History and truth 71
III Why the social sciences must take themselves as their object 85
1 Objectivating the subject of objectivation 88
2 Sketch for a self-analysis 94
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