Pierre Bourdieu: Key Concepts
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Series: Key Concepts
Editor(s): Michael Grenfell  
ISBN: 184465530X
ISBN-13: 9781844655304
Publication Date: 30 Sep 2012
Pages: 304 (216 x 138mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £16.99
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The French social philosopher Pierre Bourdieu is now recognised as one of the major thinkers of the twentieth century. In a career of over fifty years, Bourdieu studied a wide range of topics: education, culture, art, politics, economics, literature, law, and philosophy. Throughout these studies, Bourdieu developed a highly specialised series of concepts that he referred to as his “thinking tools”, which were used to uncover the workings of contemporary society.

Pierre Bourdieu: Key Concepts
highlights his most important concepts and examines them in detail. Each chapter deals with an individual concept and is written to be of immediate use to the student with little or no previous knowledge of Bourdieu. This new edition of the leading text is entirely revised and updated and includes new essays on Methodology, Politics and Social Space.

From reviews of the first edition:

"This collection is highly admirable for its clarity and thoroughness, and should be of great interest to anthropologists and others who are new to, or familiar with, Bourdieu's oeuvre." – Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

"The book manages that extraordinary feat of offering both accessible introductions to Bourdieu’s concepts that are ‘good to think with’ whilst also offering a depth of analysis that will engage scholars already familiar with Bourdieu’s work. Whether a chapter says something new about familiar concepts like habitus, field, or capital, or it introduces less discussed concepts like conatus, the writing stretches the reader’s understanding of what sociological theory can be." – Arthur Frank, University of Calgary

Michael Grenfell is Professor of Education at Trinity College Dublin.

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction, Michael Grenfell
Part I Biography, Theory and Practice
1. Biography, Michael Grenfell
2. Theory of Practice, Derek Robbins
Part II Field Theory: Beyond Subjectivity and Objectivity
3. Habitus, Karl Maton
4. Field, Pat Thomson
Part III Field Mechanisms
5. Social Class, Nick Crossley
6. Capital, Rob Moore
7. Doxa, Cécile Deer
8. Hysteresis, Cheryl Hardy
Part IV Field Conclusions
9. Interest, Michael Grenfell
10. Conatus, Steve Fuller
11. Suffering/Symbolic Violence, J. Daniel Schubert
12. Reflexivity, Cécile Deer
Part V Applications
13. Methodology, Michael Grenfell
14. Social Space, Cheryl Hardy
15. Politics, Michael Grenfell
Conclusion, Michael Grenfell
Chronology of Life and Work

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