Sociology is a Martial Art: A Bourdieu Reader

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Sociology is a Martial Art is an accessible survey of Pierre Bourdieu’s most influential writings. It includes the full text of his short books Acts of Resistance, Firing Back, and On Television, in addition to key articles, interviews, and speeches, all of which introduce the reader to Bourdieu’s innovative approach to sociology as a mode of political intervention. Edited and with an introduction by noted French sociologist Gisèle Sapiro, Sociology Is a Martial Art will become this generation’s indispensable introduction to Bourdieu’s work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595585431
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,500,059
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) was one of the most influential social scientists of the 20th century. He is the author of 37 books, including Distinction, named one of the 20th century’s ten most important works of sociology, as well as On Television, Acts of Resistance, and Firing Back (from The New Press).
Gisèle Sapiro is a sociologist at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). Her book La Guerre des écrivains 1940-1953 will be translated into English at Duke University Press. She also co-edited several books, including Pierre Bourdieu, sociologue. She is a former student of Pierre Bourdieu and lives in Paris.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Gisèle Sapiro ix

Part I On Journalism and Television 1

Journalism and Politics 3

On Television 11

The Olympics-an Agenda for Analysis 62

The Power of Journalism 65

From Miscellany to a Matter of State 75

Questions of Words 78

Part II Acts of Resistance: Against the Tyranny of the Market 83

To the Reader 85

The Left Hand and the Right Hand of the State 86

Sollers tel quel 94

The Status of Foreigners: A Shibboleth 97

Abuse of Power by the Advocates of Reason 100

The Train Driver's Remark 102

Against the Destruction of a Civilization 104

The Myth of "Globalization" and the European Welfare State 108

The Thoughts of Chairman Tietmeyer 121

Social Scientists, Economic Science, and the Social Movement 127

For a New Internationalism 133

Return to Television 141

The Government Finds the People Irresponsible 147

Job Insecurity Is Everywhere Now 149

The Protest Movement of the Unemployed, a Social Miracle 155

The Negative Intellectual 158

Neoliberalism, the Utopia (Becoming a Reality) of Unlimited Exploitation 160

Part III Firing Back: Against the Tyranny of the Market 2 171

Letter to the American Reader 173

Preface 175

For a Scholarship with Commitment 179

The Imposition of the American Model and Its Effects 186

The Invisible Hand of the Powerful 191

Against the Policy of Depoliticization 200

For a European Social Movement 212

Grains of Sand 220

Culture Is in Danger 222

Unite and Rule 234

Part IV Interviews and New Acts of Resistance 245

For a Real Mobilization of Organized Forces 247

For a Permanent Organization of Resistance to the New World Order 251

The Intellectual Is Not Ethically Neutral 255

A Sociologist in the World 261

Epilogue: Remembering Pierre Bourdieu Craig Calhoun 279

Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson's Translator's Note: On Television 288

References 291

Notes 295

Permissions 309

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