An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology

Paperback | July 15, 1992

byPierre Bourdieu

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Over the last three decades, the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu has produced one of the most imaginative and subtle bodies of social theory and research of the post war era. Yet, despite the influence of his work, no single introduction to his wide-ranging oeuvre is available. This book, intended for an English-speaking audience, offers a systematic and accessible overview, providing interpretive keys to the internal logic of Bourdieu's work by explicating thematic and methodological principles underlying his work.

The structure of Bourdieu's theory of knowledge, practice, and society is first dissected by Loic Wacquant; he then collaborates with Bourdieu in a dialogue in which they discuss central concepts of Bourdieu's work, confront the main objections and criticisms his work has met, and outline Bourdieu's views of the relation of sociology to philosophy, economics, history, and politics. The final section captures Bourdieu in action in the seminar room as he addresses the topic of how to practice the craft of reflexive sociology. Throughout, they stress Bourdieu's emphasis on reflexivity—his inclusion of a theory of intellectual practice as an integral component of a theory of society—and on method—particularly his manner of posing problems that permits a transfer of knowledge from one area of inquiry into another.

Amplified by notes and an extensive bibliography, this synthetic view is essential reading for both students and advanced scholars.

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This book is Pierre Bourdieu's' discourse on method': the first and only comprehensive introduction to, and overview of, the work of one of the world's most influential and imaginative social theorists. Systematic and accessible, it is the ideal entree into the core of Bourdieu's wide-ranging oeuvre.

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Over the last three decades, the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu has produced one of the most imaginative and subtle bodies of social theory and research of the post war era. Yet, despite the influence of his work, no single introduction to his wide-ranging oeuvre is available. This book, intended for an English-speaking audience, o...

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This book is Pierre Bourdieu's' discourse on method': the first and only comprehensive introduction to, and overview of, the work of one of the world's most influential and imaginative social theorists. Systematic and accessible, it is the ideal entree into the core of Bourdieu's wide-ranging oeuvre.

Pierre Bourdieu held the Chair of Sociology at the Collège de France, where he directed the Center for European Sociology, the journal Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales, and the publishing house Raisons d’agir Editions until his death in 2002. He is one of the most influential social scientists of the twentieth century as well...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:348 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:July 15, 1992Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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Table of Contents

Preface by Pierre Bourdieu
Preface by Loic J. D. Wacquant
I Toward a Social Praxeology: The Structure and Logic of Bourdieu's Sociology, Loic J. D. Wacquant
1 Beyond the Antinomy of Social Physics and Social Phenomenology
2 Classification Struggles and the Dialectic of Social and Mental Structures
3 Methodological Relationalism
4 The Fuzzy Logic of Practical Sense
5 Against Theoreticism and Methodologism: Total Social Science
6 Epistemic Reflexivity
7 Reason, Ethics, and Politics
II The Purpose of Reflexive Sociology (The Chicago Workshop), Pierre Bourdieu and Loic J. D. Wacquant
1 Sociology as Socioanalysis
2 The Unique and the Invariant
3 The Logic of Fields
4 Interest, Habitus, Rationality
5 Language, Gender, and Symbolic Violence
6 For a, Realpolitik of Reason
7 The Personal is Social
III The Practice of Reflexive Sociology (The Paris Workshop), Pierre Bourdieu
1 Handing Down a Trade
2 Thinking Relationally
3 A Radical Doubt
4 Double Bind and Conversion
5 Participant Objectivation
Appendixes, Loic J. D. Wacquant
1 How to Read Bourdieu
2 A Selection of Articles from, Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales
3 Selected Recent Writings on Pierre Bourdieu

From Our Editors

This book is Pierre Bourdieu's' discourse on method': the first and only comprehensive introduction to, and overview of, the work of one of the world's most influential and imaginative social theorists. Systematic and accessible, it is the ideal entree into the core of Bourdieu's wide-ranging oeuvre.