Category Archives: Bourdieu

Feminism After Bourdieu

How might Bourdieu’s social philosophy and social theory be of use to feminism? And how might it relate to – or possibly even fruitfully reframe – the ongoing problematics and current theoretical issues of feminism? It is very well recognized that Bourdieu’s social … Continue reading

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Bourdieu and Foucault on power and modernity

Foucault’s theory of disciplinary power and Bourdieu’s theory of symbolic power are among the most innovative attempts in recent social thought to come to terms with the increasingly elusive character of power in modern society. Both theories are based on … Continue reading

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Language and Symbolic Power

Book – Pierre Bourdieu – This volume brings together Bourdieu’s highly original writings on language and on the relations among language, power, and politics. Bourdieu develops a forceful critique of traditional approaches to language, including the linguistic theories of Saussure … Continue reading

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Pierre Bourdieu – Acts of Resistance: Against the New Myths of Our Time

Pierre Bourdieu – In his most explicitly political work to date, Pierre Bourdieu speaks out against the new myths of our time – especially those associated with neo–liberalism – and offers a passionate defence of the public interest. The withdrawal … Continue reading

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Pierre Bourdieu – Reproduction in Education, Society, and Culture

Pierre Bourdieu The way in which the ruling ideas of a social system are related to structures of class, production and power, and how these are legitimated and perpetuated, is fundamental to the sociological project. In this classic text, … Continue reading

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Society Made Visible: On the Cultural Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu

In this article the cultural sociology of Pierre Bourdieu, one of the most eminent contemporary French sociologists, is reviewed and discussed. Originally a structuralist anthropologist, Bourdieu has developed a critical sociology of cultural forms. His methodological point of view is … Continue reading

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Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu

Power is the central organizing principle of all social life, from culture and education to stratification and taste. And there is no more prominent name in the analysis of power than that of noted sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. Throughout his career, … Continue reading

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After Bourdieu: Influence, Critique, Elaboration

This collection of papers devoted to the recognition of the importance of Pierre Bourdieu assiduously avoids both extremes: devotion to or profanation of a “sacred” work. Rather, it charts a course that may frustrate disciples and polemicists alike. It offers … Continue reading

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Bourdieu and Social Movements: Ideological Struggles in the British Anti-Capitalist Movement

Bourdieu and Social Movements is part of a burgeoning literature that employs Pierre Bourdieu‘s theoretical technologies for understanding and explaining the complex dynamics of social movements. This book uses Bourdieu’s key concepts to understand activists political history, ideological competition and … Continue reading

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Bourdieu, Ethics and Symbolic Power

This article critically discusses Pierre Bourdieu’s views on ethics and normative evaluations. Bourdieu acknowledged that people hold ethical stances, yet sought to show that these stances are – unconsciously – conducive to obtaining symbolic power and legitimizing hierarchy. The first … Continue reading

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