“THINKING OUTSIDE OF BOURDIEU”
AN INVITATION TO REFLEXIVE ANTHROPOLOGY (1992)
Introducing the collection of seminars that Pierre Bourdieu gave in Chicago and Paris in 1987, Wacquant affirmed the importance of his work, calling it “one of the most imaginative and most fertile corpora of sociological theory and research in the post-war era (p. 13) and defined what is special about his pedagogy. “In order to escape the intellectualist bias inherent in the school approach to education, and in accordance with his anti-intellectualist philosophy of practice, Bourdieu relies on practical comprehension to gradually introduce principles of sociological reason for discursive mastery. He defends and produces a complete and self-referential pedagogy that rejects the partition of theoretical and empirical operations into isolated activities and distinct territories…” (p. 10).
The book offers to have us follow his modus operandi, his