In this major new work, Pierre Bourdieu examines the distinctive forms of powerpolitical, intellectual, bureaucratic, and economicby means of which contemporary societies are governed. What kinds of competence are claimed by the bureaucrats and technocrats who govern us? And how do those who govern gain our recognition and acquiescence?
Bourdieu examines in detail the work of consecration that is carried out by elite education systemsin France by the grande écoles , in the United States by the Ivy League schools, and in England by Oxford and Cambridge. Today, this "state nobility" has at its disposal an unprecedented range of powers and distinctive titles to justify its privilege. Bourdieu shows how it is the heirstructural and sometimes genealogicalof the noblesse de robe , which, in order to consolidate its position in relation to other forms of power, had to construct the modern state and the republican myths, meritocracy, and civil service that went along with it.
Combining ethnographic description, historical documentation, statistical analysis, and theoretical argument, Bourdieu develops a wide-ranging and highly original account of the forms of power and governance that have come to prevail in our society today.
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About the Author
Pierre Bourdieu is Professor of Sociology at the Collège de France. Stanford University Press has published nine other books by Bourdieu, most recently The Rules of Art: Genesis and Structure of the Literary Field (1996).
Table of Contents
Foreword by Loïc J. D. Wacquant.
Prologue: Social Structures and Mental Structures.
Part I: Academic Forms of Classification:.
1. Dualistic Thinking and the Conciliation of Opposites.
2. Misrecognition and Symbolic Violence.
Part II: The Ordination:.
1. The Production of a Nobility.
2. A Rite of Institution.
3. The Ambiguities of Competence.
Part III: The Field of the Grandes Écoles and its Transformations:.
1. A State of the Structure.
2. A Structural History.
Part IV: The Field of Power and its Transformations:.
1. Forms of Power and their Reproduction.
2. Establishment Schools and Power over the Economy.
3 Transformations in the Structure of the Field of Power.
Part V: State Power and Power over the State:.