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Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu was a Philosopher, Sociologist, Anthropologist, Publisher, Essayist, Writer, and Professor. Among distinguished sociologists, Pierre Bourdieu was a French sociologist and anthropologist. Bourdieu pioneered terminologies such as cultural capital, social capital, and symbolic capital. Bourdieu is also known for his work in the sociology of culture and cultural studies and education, sociological theories. Pierre Bourdieu worked on diverse set of empirical topics like kinship structure, religion, science, social class, while developing his own paradigm, seeking a pathway out of the opposition between structuralist objectivism and constructivist subjectivism.

His best quote which is most relevant today is "Television enjoys a de facto monopoly on what goes into the heads of a significant part of the population and what they think."

'Culture and Power: The Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu' is the first book to offer both a sympathetic and critical examination of Pierre Bourdieu's work and it will be invaluable to social scientists as well as to a broader audience in the humanities. Pierre Bourdieu is one of the world's most important social theorists and empirical researchers in contemporary sociology.

David Swartz focuses on a central theme in Pierre Bourdieu's work, the complex relationship between culture and power, and explains that sociology for Bourdieu is a mode of political intervention. Swartz clarifies Pierre Bourdieu's difficult concepts, noting where they have been misinterpreted by critics and where they have fallen short in resolving important analytical issues.

Culture and Power also shows how Bourdieu has synthesized his theory of practices and symbolic power from Durkheim, Marx, and Weber, and how his work was influenced by Sartre, Levi-Strauss, and Althusser.

Pierre Bourdieu's books include: Outline of a Theory of Practice (1977), Reproduction in Education, Society and Culture (1977) and Distinction (1984).

Pierre Bourdieu's book Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste argues that judgments of taste are related to social position, or social positioning. Bourdieu published some thirty books and more than three hundred articles on an astounding variety of topics.

Bourdieu, Pierre. 1990. In other words: Essays towards a reflexive sociology. Translated by Matthew Adamson. Stanford, CA: Stanford Univ. Press. A collection of lectures and interviews in which Bourdieu presents the intellectual rationale and main results of his investigations and answers frequent questions about his work, up until the mid-1980s.

Bourdieu, Pierre, and Loc Wacquant. 1992. An invitation to reflexive sociology. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press.
Invitation is the most comprehensive presentation of Bourdieu’s empirical and theoretical works. The first part offers a thorough delineation of the principles underlying the sociologist’s work.

Bourdieu, Pierre. 1998. Practical reason: On the theory of action. Stanford, CA: Stanford Univ. Press.
A collection of conference presentations given abroad sketch out Bourdieu’s main findings on class, cultural capital, time, power, and morality.