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Pierre Bourdieu and Cultural Theory : Critical Investigations - Bridget Fowler

Pierre Bourdieu and Cultural Theory

Critical Investigations

Hardcover Published: 8th April 1997
ISBN: 9780803976252
Number Of Pages: 208

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This is an examination of Pierre Bourdieu's theory of culture and habitus. Within the wider intellectual context of Bourdieu's work, this book provides a systematic reading of his assessment of the role of "culture capital" in the production and consumption of symbolic goods. Fowler outlines the key critical debates that inform Bourdieu's work: the roles of Marx, Lukacs and Goldmann; Benjamin's discussion of the sacred and the profane; and Foucalt's theory of discourses. She introduces Bourdieu's recent treatment of the rules of art, explains the importance of his concept of capital - economic and social, symbolic and cultural - and defines such key terms as habitus, practice and strategy, legitimate culture, popular art and distinction. The book focuses particularly on Bourdieu's account of the nature of capitalist modernity, on the emergence of bohemia and, with the growth of the market, the invention of the artist as the main historical response to the changed place of art.

`This book acknowledges the relative lack of interest in, or the fairly selective reception of, the work of Bourdieu in the Anglo-American world, especially with regard to his sociology of culture. The book is therefore an attempt to introduce Bourdieu's analysis of cultural phenomena (in particular of literature and painting), as well as an invitation to remedy the virtual absence of any critical debate regarding some of his more antagonistic claims. The author portrays Bourdieu's theory as comprehensive and sophisticated, less idealistic in its reserved attitude towards French post structuralism than it is truly

synthetic in its formulation of classical social theory in the wake of late capitalism. The monograph's inclusion in the series Theory, Culture & Society reflects this concern with the resurgence of interest in

cultural theory within the contemporary domains of social science and of the humanities in general' - Pragmatics

Interpretative Studies
Situating Bourdieu
Cultural Theory and Sociological Perspectives
Bourdieu's Cultural Theory
Bourdieu, Postmodernism, Modernity
The Historical Genesis of Bourdieu's Cultural Theory
Critical Investigations
Bourdieu and Modern Art
The Case of Impressionism
The Popular and the Middlebrow
Bourdieu, the Popular and the Periphery
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780803976252
ISBN-10: 0803976259
Series: Theory, Culture & Society (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 8th April 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.47