An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology

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Over the last three decades, 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 his influence, no single introduction to his wide-ranging work is available. This book 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 view 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 practive the craft of reflexive sociology.

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About the author (1992)

Pierre Bourdieu was Professor of Sociology at the Coll ge de France.

Lo c Wacquant is Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley and Researcher at the Centre de sociologie europ enne-Paris.

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