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The Bachelors' Ball: The Crisis of Peasant Society in Bearn

The Bachelors' Ball: The Crisis of Peasant Society in Bearn

by Richard Nice, Pierre Bourdieu


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ISBN-13: 9780226067490
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 06/02/2008
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Bachelorhood and the Peasant Condition     7
The system of matrimonial exchanges in traditional peasant society     11
Internal contradictions and anomy     38
The opposition between the bourg and the hameaux     63
The peasant and his body     81
Conclusion     94
Bibliographical notes     97
Changes in population, 1836-1954     108
Dialogue between a villager and a peasant     111
Another dialogue between a villager and a bachelor     115
The exemplary tale of a younger son from a modest family     116
Excessive maternal authority and bachelorhood     118
An attempt to generalize: bachelorhood in 16 rural cantons in Brittany     121
Matrimonial Strategies in the System of Reproduction Strategies     131
Bibliographical notes     160
Reproduction Forbidden: The Symbolic Dimension of Economic Domination     165
Addenda and corrigenda     169
'From the closed world to the infinite universe'     174
The unification of the matrimonial market     180
'Sound opinions of the people'     190
Appendix     192
Postscript: A class as object     193
Index     201

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