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Firing Back by Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu, described by The Nation as “worthy of the militant mantle of Sartre and Foucault,” here continues the themes advanced so successfully in his previous book Acts of Resistance. Firing Back is an eloquent dissection of globalization’s intellectual and cultural role throughout the world, and a discussion of the ways in which effective opposition to it can be mounted. Bourdieu examines Europe’s potential as a counterweight to America’s globalizing policy and discusses how intellectuals and those working in the cultural sphere can create meaningful alternatives. He also raises challenging questions about the depoliticization of the academic world, arguing that scholars can no longer maintain that their research is objective or value free.

In a preface written for this edition, Bourdieu directly addresses American readers about the role they can play in the burgeoning antiglobalization movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565847385
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 11/12/2003
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author


Pierre Bourdieu (1930–2002) was one of the most influential social scientists of the twentieth century. He was a professor of sociology at the Collège de France and the director of studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. His many books include Acts of Resistance: Against the Tyranny of the Market, On Television, Firing Back: Against the Tyranny of the Market 2, and Sociology Is a Martial Art: Political Writings by Pierre Bourdieu (edited by Gisèle Sapiro), all published by The New Press. His book Distinction was named one of the twentieth century’s ten most important works of sociology.

Table of Contents

Letter to the American Reader9
Preface11
For a Scholarship with Commitment17
The Invisible Hand of the Powerful26
Against the Policy of Depoliticization38
For a European Social Movement53
Grains of Sand64
Culture Is in Danger66
Unite and Rule82

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