Bourdieu : Critical Perspectives

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This volume presents a critical appraisal of Bourdieu's work, spanning the fields of sociology, anthropology and cultural studies. The essays show how Bourdieu's voluminous work forms a distinctive intellectual approach, compare Bourdieu's analytic approach to others current in Anglo-American sociology, anthropology and cultural studies, and raise a variety of crucial theoretical questions that are important to understanding Bourdieu. In an essay written especially for this volume, Bourdieu describes his own "mode of intellectual production" and the reasons for its common misunderstanding. This book should be of interest to undergraduate students in social theory, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies.
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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 576g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745608590
  • 9780745608594

Table of contents

Culture and the concept of culture in a theory of practice, Edward Lipuma; can there be a science of existential structure and social meaning?, Hubert Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow; to follow a rule, Charles Taylor; habitus, field and capital - the question of historical specificity, Craig Calhoun; aspects of structural and processual theories of knowledge, Aaron Cicourel; determination and contradiction - an appreciation and critique of the work of Pierre Bourdieu on language and education, Jim Collins; notes on semantics in linguistic practice, Bill Hanks; gender and symbolic violence - female oppression in the light of Pierre Bourdieu's theory of social practice, Beate Krais; Bourdieu, the cultural arbitary and television, Nicholas Garnham; Pierre Bourdieu, cultural economy and social change, Scott Lash; social theory as habitus, Rogers Brubaker; Bourdieu in America - notes on the transatlantic importation of social theory, Loic Wacquant; concluding remarks, Pierre Bourdieu.
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