In Other Words: Essays Toward a Reflexive Sociology

In Other Words: Essays Toward a Reflexive Sociology


The effect of Pierre Bourdieu—one of the main protean highbrow forces in modern French thought—extends a long way past is domestic self-discipline of sociological learn and concept. His paintings, offered in over twenty books, lies at the borders of philosophy, anthropology and ethnology, and cultural theory.

The current quantity includes diversified person texts, produced among 1980 and 1986, which take kinds: interviews within which Bourdieu confronts a chain of probing and clever interviewers, and convention papers that make clear and expand particular parts of his study. Now that Bourdieu's paintings has accomplished vast diffusion and big name, this is often a suitable time for this quantity, a pause for retrospection and resynthesis, for corrections of misreadings and extension of past insights, and for projection of the following levels of his paintings. For this English variation, Bourdieu's celebrated inaugural lecture on the Collège de France, Leçon sur los angeles Leçon, has been added.

The texts fall into basic parts. the 1st region presents an summary of Bourdieu's important options, by no means prior to in actual fact defined. the second one sector clarifies the philosophical presuppositions of Bourdieu's reviews and offers an account of his kin with the sequence of thinkers who formulated the issues in social and cultural concept that also preoccupy us: Kant, Hegel, Marx, Durkheim, Wittgenstein, Weber, Parsons, and Lévi-Strauss. Bourdieu's visions of those figures is own and penetrating, and in his vivacious, spontaneous responses one sees at paintings a style of suggestion that could in itself be a freeing device of social research. Bourdieu applies to himself the strategy of reading cultural works that he expounds, evoking the distance of theoretical probabilities provided to him at diverse moments of his highbrow itinerary.

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