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An invitation to reflexive sociology / Pierre Bourdieu and Loic J.D. Wacquant.

by Bourdieu, Pierre, 1930-2002 | Wacquant, Loic J. D.

Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1992Description: xiv, 332 p. ; 24 cm.Summary: 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.Availability: No items available Checked out (1).
The social structures of the economy /

by Bourdieu, Pierre.

Publisher: Cambridge ; Malden, MA Polity 2005Description: 263 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.Notes: Translated by Chris Turner from the French. Includes bibliographical references (p. [233]-251) and index. Contents : Pt. I. The house market -- 1. Disposition of the agents and the structure of the field of reproduction -- 2. The state and the construction of the market -- 3. The field of local powers -- 4. A contract under duress -- Conclusion : the foundations of Petit-Bourgeois suffering -- Pt. II. Principles of an economic anthropology -- Postscript : from the national to the international field.Summary: "Much orthodox economic theory is based on assumptions which are treated as self-evident: supply and demand are regarded as independent entities, the individual is assumed to be a rational agent who knows his interests and how to make decisions corresponding to them, and so on. But one has only to examine an economic transaction closely, as Pierre Bourdieu does here for the buying and selling of houses, to see that these abstract assumptions cannot explain what happens in reality." "As Bourdieu shows, the market is constructed by the state, which can decide, for example, whether to promote private housing or collective provision. And the individuals involved in the transaction are immersed in symbolic constructions which constitute, in a strong sense, the value of houses, neighbourhoods and towns." "The abstract and illusory nature of the assumptions of orthodox economic theory has been criticized by some economists, but Bourdieu argues that we must go further. Supply, demand, the market and even the buyer and seller are products of a process of social construction, and so-called 'economic' processes can be adequately described only by calling on sociological methods. Instead of seeing the two disciplines in antagonistic terms, it is time to recognize that sociology and economics are in fact part of a single discipline, the object of which is the analysis of social facts, of which economic transactions are in the end merely one aspect." "This study by the most original sociologist of postwar France will be essential reading for students and scholars of sociology, economics, anthropology and related disciplines."--BOOK JACKET.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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