The Anthem Companion to Pierre Bourdieu

The Anthem Companion to Pierre Bourdieu

Edited by Derek Robbins

Anthem Companions to Sociology

'The Anthem Companion to Pierre Bourdieu' provides an introduction to the French sociologist’s thought and an evaluation of the international significance of his work from a range of national perspectives.

Hardback, 296 Pages

ISBN:9781783085613

August 2016

£70.00, $115.00

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About This Book

'The Anthem Companion to Pierre Bourdieu' provides an introduction to the French sociologist’s thought and an evaluation of the international significance of his work from a range of national perspectives. This volume assesses Bourdieu’s work as a product of his social situation in France and, more importantly, in relation to his experience as French Algeria gained its independence. The companion then proceeds to ask how the concepts he developed can legitimately be applied to other situations.

The volume is divided into two parts, with the first devoted to aspects of Bourdieu’s thought and the second discussing case-studies of the international deployment of his thought. The international list of contributors elaborate on the implications and consequences of Bourdieu’s phenomenological orientation; explore the meaning of ‘reflexivity’ in Bourdieu’s work offering, in the process, a comprehensive guide to relevant secondary literature; examine the validity of the ways in which Margaret Archer and Bernard Lahire have attempted to go beyond Bourdieu’s original formulations; and spell out the implications of Bourdieu’s thinking in relation to the possibility of an international social science. The contributors also provide a biometric analysis of the circulation of Bourdieu’s ideas within Europe and offer interpretations of Bourdieu’s work within their own national contexts rather than in terms of a shared discourse of international sociology.

Reviews

The Anthem Companions to Sociology offers wide ranging and masterly overviews of the works of major sociologists. The volumes in the series provide authoritative and critical appraisals of key figures in modern social thought. These books, written and edited by leading figures, are essential additional reading on the history of sociology. — Gerard Delanty, Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex, Brighton

This ambitious series provides an intellectually thoughtful introduction to the featured social theorists and offers a comprehensive assessment of their legacy. Each edited collection synthesizes the many dimensions of the respective theorist’s contributions and sympathetically ponders the various nuances in and the broader societal context for their body of work. The series will be appreciated by seasoned scholars and students alike. — Michele Dillon, Professor of Sociology and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, University of New Hampshire

The orchestration and emergence of the Anthem Companions to Sociology represent a formidable and invaluable achievement. Each companion explores the scope, ingenuity, and conceptual subtleties of the works of a theorist indispensable to the sociological project. The editors and contributors for each volume are the very best in their fields, and they guide us towards the richest, most creative seams in the writings of their thinker. The results, strikingly consistent from one volume to the next, brush away the years, reanimate what might have been lost, and bring numerous rays of illumination to the most pressing challenges of the present. — Rob Stones, Professor of Sociology, Western Sydney University, Australia

The Anthem Companions, those that have appeared already and those that are to come, will give every sociologist a handy and authoritative guide to all the giants of their discipline. — Stephen Mennell, Professor Emeritus, University College Dublin

Each volume of the Anthem Companions to Sociology examines comprehensively not only a theorist’s distinct approach and unique contributions, but also situates each in reference to the major parameters of mainstream theoretical schools and traditions. This remarkable Series in addition throws into high relief the singular features of modern societies. It promises to set the standard for discussions of Sociology’s long-term development and belongs on the shelves of every social scientist.— Stephen Kalberg, Professor of Sociology Emeritus, Boston University 

This valuable series covers both familiar figures in the history of sociology (such as Max Weber and, prospectively, Marx and Durkheim) and less often treated ones such as Arendt and Troeltsch who are also highly relevant to sociology, broadly conceived. In these books, leading scholars explore important but often neglected aspects of their subjects’ work. — William Outhwaite, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University, UK

Author Information

Derek Robbins is Emeritus Professor of International Social Theory in the School of Social Sciences, University of East London.

Series

Anthem Companions to Sociology

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Editor’s Introduction; Part I:Aspects of Bourdieu’s thought; 1. Reading Bourdieu phenomenologically. Derek Robbins; 2. The Sociological Challenge of Reflexivity in Bourdieusian Thought. Simon Susen; 3. Sociology at the Scale of the Individual. Archer and Lahire contra Bourdieu. Frédéric Vandenberghe; 4. Bourdieu and international social science. Derek Robbins; Part II:Case-studies of the international deployment of Bourdieu’s thought; 5. Bourdieu inside Europe. The European circulation of Bourdieu’s ideas.  Marco Santoro and Andrea Gallelli; 6. The principle of differentiation in Japanese society and international knowledge transfer between Bourdieu and Japan. Shinichi Aizawa and Naoki Iso; 7. Worlds Within And Beyond Words: Bourdieu And The Limits Of Theory. Sheena Jain; 8. Social transformation and cultural reproduction: a bourdieusian analysis of post-reform China. Yang Yang and Xuanyang Gao; 9. Bourdieu’s use and reception: A Latin American perspective on the problems of conceptual transfer. MariaLuisa Mendez; Notes on contributors; Author index; Subject index.

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