Understanding Bourdieu
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Understanding Bourdieu


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© 2002 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Bourdieu's work is formidable - the journey is tough. Follow this French foreign legion - take an apple, take a hanky - but take this book".
- Peter Beilharz , La Trobe University

 "A good range of recent examples from popular culture are used to flesh out the material in accessible terms. These examples are deployed very well indeed - rather than being tacked-on illustrations of an idea, they are instead used at the heart of the explanation of the ideas".
 - David Gauntlett, Leeds University

Now considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, Pierre Bourdieu has left his mark on most of the 'big' theoretical issues in the world of contemporary theory: gender, subjectivity, the body, culture, citizenship, and globalization. His terms are now commonplace: 'social capital', 'cultural capital', 'field', and 'habitus'.

Bourdieu examines how people conduct their lives in relation to one another and to major social institutions. He argues that culture and education aren't simply minor influences, but as important as economics in determining differences between groups of people. Unlike the other grand systematisers Marx and Foucault, Bourdieu has tested these arguments in detailed fieldwork. His range is eclectic, his vision is vast, and his writing is often dense and challenging.

Understanding Bourdieu offers a comprehensive introduction to Bourdieu's work. It is essential reading for anyone tackling him for the first time.
 
Contexts and Approaches
 
Cultural Field and the Habitus
 
Theorizing Practice
 
Bourdieu's Sociology
 
Government and Bureaucracy
 
Bourdieu and Secondary Schools
 
Bourdieu and Higher Education
 
The Field of Cultural Production
 
Art and Artists
 
Journalism and Television

Bourdieu's work is formidable-the journey is tough. Follow this French foreign legion - take an apple, take a hanky - but take this book.

Peter Beilharz
La Trobe University

Pierre Bourdieu's work is now coming to be seen as one of the twentieth century's most important contributions to our thinking about the world. Understanding Bourdieu is a comprehensive and lucid introduction to his work. Measured and judicious, it's the best road map of this significant body of work currently available.

John Frow
University of Edinburgh

A good range of recent examples from popular culture are used to flesh out the material in accessible terms. These examples are deployed very well indeed - rather than being tacked-on illustrations of an idea, they are instead used at the heart of the explanation of the ideas.

David Gauntlett
Leeds University

Bourdieu's theory remains important, even though societies changes. However, his theory is not easily unlocked and applied in research. This book certainly helps in understanding Bourdieu by rephrasing his words into more open and transparent language.

Mr Noel Clycq
Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies, University of Antwerp
April 9, 2015

This is a really useful book in understanding the work of Bourdieu. The glossary at the beginning of the book is especially helpful for anyone new to his work and the examples thought the chapters are relevant and contextualised. An interesting a useful guide.

Jon Audain
Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care, University of Winchester
May 25, 2014

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