Pierre Bourdieu

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 190 pages
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This short critical introduction to Pierre Bourdieu's thought is a model of clarity and insight. Where Bourdieu's own writings are often complex, even ambiguous, Richard Jenkins is direct, concise and to the point. He emphasizes Bourdieu's contributions to theory and methodology while also dealing in detail with his substantive studies of education, social stratification and culture. His book provides the best short English-language introduction to Bourdieu's work.
'As Jenkins points out in the final pages of his book, criticism can be the sincerest form of flattery. I particularly relished his critical approach to the work of Bourdieu and believe that he has written a timely introduction which both undergraduates and experienced teachers will find stimulating and enjoyable.'- Mike Hepworth, University of Aberdeen
  

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After reading Ghassan Hage's obliteration of this piece in "Pierre Bourdieu in the Nineties: Between the Church and Atelier" I felt Jenkins might provide some useful criticism of Bourdieu (especially given the adoration Bourdieu usually receives). Unfortunately Hage was correct in his judgment: this isn't a book about Bourdieu or his work, its a book about Jenkins. Useful only as a novelty.  

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A good summary and but a sad critique. In overturning structuralism, the author usefully compares Bourdieu to Marx, but then misunderstands Bourdieu in the same way that many misunderstand Marx. He ... Read full review

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Contents

A Book for Reading
9
Anthropology and Structuralism
24
Experiments in Epistemology
45
Practice Habitus and Field
66
Symbolic Violence and Social Reproduction
103
Culture Status and Distinction
128
Uses of Language
152
Using Bourdieu
175
Reading Bourdieu
182
Name index
185
Subject index
188
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About the author (2002)

Richard Jenkins Jenkins is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield, UK. Trained as an anthropologist he has done research in Ireland, Britain and Denmark. Among his other books are "Foundations of Sociology" (2002), "Pierre Bourdieu" (2nd edition 2002), "Rethinking Ethnicity" (2nd edition 2008) and "Social Identity" (3rd edition 2808).

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