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Bourdieu and Culture
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Bourdieu and Culture


February 2000 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Pierre Bourdieu is on the leading socialologists of the present day and this book provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date description of Bourdieu's key concepts, some previously unavailable to English readers. It demonstrates why Bourdieu's ideas remain central in contemporary sociology and it trades their connections with wider social thought. An accessible and readable imtroduction to Bourdieu's work, this book places him in intellectual and historical context, and shows how Bourdieu is best understood as a cultural analyst. It traces his development from his early work on education to his relationship to cultural sociology and cultural studies. The Book also gives detailed examples, drawn from Bourdieu's own work, to show how he makes sense of contemporary culture. Derek Robbins wrote the first full-length introduction to Bourdieu's work in English in 1991. This new book is the product of mature reflection on the relevance and importance of Bourdieu's thought.

 
PART ONE: THE CAREER
 
An Insider/Outside Frenchman
 
PART TWO: THE CONCEPTS
 
The Socio-Genesis of the Thinking Instruments
 
Production, Reception and Reproduction
 
PART THREE: THE CASE STUDIES
 
Flaubert and the Social Ambivalence of Literary Invention
 
Courr[gr]eges, the Fashion System and Anti-Semiology
 
Manet, the Mus[ac]ee d'Orsay and the Installation of Art
 
PART FOUR: THE CRITICISMS
 
Evaluating Fragmented Responses
 
Meta-Criticism
Charting Interminable Territory

 
 
Conclusion
Commending the Bourdieu Paradigm: The Sociologist as Conceptual Artist

 

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