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Pierre Bourdieu : Agent Provocateur - Michael Grenfell

Pierre Bourdieu

Agent Provocateur

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The French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu is now recognized as a leading intellectual of the late twentieth-century, and one whose ideas are very much relevant for the twenty-first. This comprehensive account of Bourdieu's life and work locates both in their social and political context, thereby tracing the origins of his ideas and theories. It explains and explores just what Bourdieu argued for and why. It also illustrates the social, political and philosophical strands that run through his work. Michael Grenfell's broad scope takes in Bourdieu's response to The Algerian Crisis, his ideas for the reform of state education, and his views on aesthetics and the mass media. Detailed attention is also paid to Bourdieu's overtly political stance, including his critique of capitalism and his opposition to recent Western military action in Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan. This book offers a reading of Bourdieu's work as a coherent and valuable response to those key social and political issues, events and trends that combined to shape contemporary society. The implications and consequences of his work are laid out and assessed, along with suggestions for where his ideas might be taken from here. This is the clearest and most thorough account of Bourdieu's work available; as such, it will be invaluable to students, researchers and teachers of contemporary social theory.

'An illuminating companion to Bourdieu's own writing and to his many and varied ideas ... For the uninitiated scholar wishing to understand Bourdieu this book offers a comprehensive introduction.'--Sanford Lakoff

Bourdieu - personally speakingp. 7
Algeriap. 33
Education and trainingp. 56
Media and culturep. 84
Economicsp. 113
Acts of resistancep. 141
Raison d'Etrep. 164
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ISBN: 9780826467096
ISBN-10: 0826467091
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 1st December 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.65  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1