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Social Movements and Symbolic Power : Radicalism, Reform and the Trial of Democracy in France - John Girling

Social Movements and Symbolic Power

Radicalism, Reform and the Trial of Democracy in France

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The important theories of Pierre Bourdieu and Alain Touraine, discussed in this book, seek to explain and resolve the "crisis of democracy." They start from a critique of structural inequality in political, economic and social fields - so much in contrast to democratic principles. But their theoretical perspectives and social conclusions diverge. Bourdieu insists on the radical overthrow of dominant institutions and their control of knowledge ("symbolic power"). Touraine advocates reformist cooperation as well as contestation between social movements and political institutions. Their different approaches provide compelling insights into the "democratic deficit" of modern society, that is, inability to overcome the widespread discrimination affecting women, the weaknesses of the environmental movement, persisting educational inequalities and the precarious nature of work in a global economy.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Social Critique: Discrimination and Inequality
Touraine and Bourdieu: Two Perspectives
Social Change: Radicalism or Reform
Rights of Women: A Case Study
Conclusion
Appendix: Structure/Action Theories of Alain Bourdieu, Touraine, Giddens and Archer: A Comparison
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Social Critique: Discrimination and Inequality
Touraine and Bourdieu: Two Perspectives
Social Change: Radicalism or Reform
Rights of Women: A Case Study
Conclusion
Appendix: Structure/Action Theories of Alain Bourdieu, Touraine, Giddens and Archer: A Comparison
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ISBN: 9781403933799
ISBN-10: 1403933790
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 171
Published: 29th January 2004
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.65  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1