French Intellectual Nobility: Institutional and Symbolic Transformations in the Post-Sartrian Era

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SUNY Press, 1996 - Social Science - 204 pages
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French thinkers like Roland Barthes, Pierre Bourdieu, A. J. Greimas, Michel Foucault, and Claude Levi-Strauss created the "structuralist" and "poststructuralist" movements. They succeeded Sartrian existentialism and formed a new aristocracy of culture. French Intellectual Nobility is the first study to examine the conditions for the creation of these movements. Through case studies in cultural history, sociology, semiology, and literature, the book discusses the processes that enabled the French intellectual nobility to reinvent itself. By developing a historical and comparative approach, Kauppi analyzes the challenges that an intellectual generation faced, and he contributes to a context-sensitive analysis of culture and power.
  

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Contents

The French Intellectual Habitus and Literary Culture
11
The Weight of Past Deeds
25
The Uses of the Economy in Structural Constructivism
53
Semiology and the Dynamics of the Intermediate Space
69
The Effects of Two Cultures
83
The Literary AvantGarde Against Sartre
97
The Emergence of a Tripolar Structure
127
Notes
141
References
179
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Niilo Kauppi is Research Fellow at the Academy of Finland and recently was Visiting Scholar at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.

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