By Deborah Reed-Danahay

Pierre Bourdieu (1930--2002) had a big impact on social and cultural proposal within the moment 1/2 the twentieth century, leaving a mark on fields as different as sociology, anthropology, severe concept, schooling, literary feedback, paintings historical past, and media stories. From his youth in a rural French village, to his fieldwork in Algeria, to his ascension to the Chair of Sociology on the Coll?ge de France, Bourdieu's lifestyles a trajectory either advanced and contradictory. In this unique and eloquent research, Deborah Reed-Danahay bargains clean insights on Bourdieu's paintings by way of drawing at the views of ethnography and autobiography. utilizing Bourdieu's personal reflections upon his lifestyles and occupation and contemplating the totality of his examine and writing, this e-book locates Bourdieu inside of his French milieu and in the present kingdom of debate of Europe and its colonial legacy. finding Bourdieu revisits significant issues and ideas equivalent to constitution and perform, flavor and contrast, habitus, social box, symbolic capital, and symbolic violence, including new views and gaining knowledge of implications of Bourdieu's paintings for knowing emotion, social area, and private narrative. the result's a paintings of amazing scholarship and highbrow creativity that may entice students, scholars, and non-specialists alike.New Anthropologies of Europe -- Daphne Berdahl, Matti Bunzl, and Michael Herzfeld, editors

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Introduction I 15 talism, consumer culture, and the mass media. Figures in that movement such as Adorno, Marcuse, Benjamin, and Habermas theorized human freedom and constraint within both communist and capitalist economic systems. Another response to twentieth-century upheavals was that of phenomenology, associated with Heidegger, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, and Sartre. This was a philosophy of subjectivity, of human consciousness and intentionality. Merleau-Ponty’s work on the embodied nature of consciousness was particularly influential on Bourdieu.

Neither author casts himself as the “scholar as hero,” in the autobiographical genre of showing an individual who triumphs over adversity and designs his own life (and I use the masculine pronoun here deliberately). Bourdieu wrote that he did “not intend to deliver the kind of so-called ‘personal’ memories that provide the dismal backdrop for academic autobiographies—awestruck encounters with eminent masters, intellectual choices interlaced with career choices” (2000b: 33). Both Bourdieu and Geertz show themselves to be somewhat reluctant and at times almost accidental narrators of their careers.

He also noted that his having undertaken research in his native region of Béarn was part of a personal quest: I spent most of my youth in a tiny and remote village of Southwestern France, a very “backward” place as city people like to say. And I could meet the demands of school- Bourdieu’s Point of View I 29 ing only by renouncing many of my primary experiences and acquisitions, not only a certain accent. . Anthropology and sociology have allowed me to reconcile myself with my primary experiences and to take them upon myself, to assume them without losing anything I subsequently acquired.

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