Culture and Power: The Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu

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University of Chicago Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 333 pages
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Pierre Bourdieu is one of the world's most important social theorists and is also one of the great empirical researchers in contemporary sociology. However, reading Bourdieu can be difficult for those not familiar with the French cultural context, and until now a comprehensive introduction to Bourdieu's oeuvre has not been available.

David Swartz focuses on a central theme in Bourdieu's work—the complex relationship between culture and power—and explains that sociology for Bourdieu is a mode of political intervention. Swartz clarifies Bourdieu's difficult concepts, noting where they have been misinterpreted by critics and where they have fallen short in resolving important analytical issues. The book also shows how Bourdieu has synthesized his theory of practices and symbolic power from Durkheim, Marx, and Weber, and how his work was influenced by Sartre, Levi-Strauss, and Althusser.

Culture and Power is the first book to offer both a sympathetic and critical examination of Bourdieu's work and it will be invaluable to social scientists as well as to a broader audience in the humanities.
  

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A great accesible introduction to Bourdieu's theoretical concept. Mostly emphasised on his so-called political economy, his habitus/field concept and his idea of power/violence. Read full review

Contents

Introducing Pierre Bourdieu
1
Career and Formative Intellectual Influences
15
Bourdieus Metatheory of Sociological Knowledge
52
Bourdieus Political Economy of Symbolic Power
65
A Cultural Theory of Action
95
Fields of Struggle for Power
117
Social Classes and the Struggle for Power
143
Education Culture and Social Inequality
189
Intellectuals and Intellectual Fields
218
The Scientific Intellectual and Politics
247
Bourdieus Call for Reflexive Sociology
270
Conclusion
285
References
297
Author Index
319
Subject Index
325
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