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Understanding Bourdieu

by Webb J et al SAGE Publications Ltd
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Pbk 232 pages
AU$79.00 NZ$80.00
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Now considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, Pierre Bourdieu has left his mark on most of the 'big' theoretical issues in the world of contemporary theory: gender, subjectivity, the body, culture, citizenship, and globalization. His terms are now commonplace: 'social capital', 'cultural capital', 'field', and 'habitus'.
Bourdieu examines how people conduct their lives in relation to one another and to major social institutions. He argues that culture and education aren't simply minor influences, but as important as economics in determining differences between groups of people. Unlike the other grand systematisers Marx and Foucault, Bourdieu has tested these arguments in detailed fieldwork. His range is eclectic, his vision is vast, and his writing is often dense and challenging.
Understanding Bourdieu offers a comprehensive introduction to Bourdieu's work. It is essential reading for anyone tackling him for the first time.

Contexts and Approaches
Cultural Field and the Habitus
Theorizing Practice
Bourdieu's Sociology
Government and Bureaucracy
Bourdieu and Secondary Schools
Bourdieu and Higher Education
The Field of Cultural Production
Art and Artists
Journalism and Television

'Bourdieu's work is formidable-the journey is tough. Follow this French foreign legion-take an apple, take a hanky-but take this book' - Peter Beilharz , La Trobe University 'Pierre Bourdieu's work ยช is now coming to be seen as one of the twentieth century's most important contributions to our thinking about the world. Understanding Bourdieu is a comprehensive and lucid introduction to his work. Measured and judicious, it's the best road map of this significant body of work currently available' - John Frow, University of Edinburgh 'A good range of recent examples from popular culture are used to flesh out the material in accessible terms. These examples are deployed very well indeed - rather than being tacked-on illustrations of an idea, they are instead used at the heart of the explanation of the ideas' - David Gauntlett, Leeds University
Jennifer Webb : University of Canberra, Australia, Tony Schirato : University of Otago, New Zealand, Geoff Danaher : Central Queensland University