Deconstructing Pierre Bourdieu: Against Sociological Terrorism from the Left

Deconstructing Pierre Bourdieu: Against Sociological Terrorism from the Left

Deconstructing Pierre Bourdieu: Against Sociological Terrorism from the Left

Deconstructing Pierre Bourdieu: Against Sociological Terrorism from the Left

Synopsis

French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu stands for the European form of Clinton-style big-government spending. World-famous in sociology and philosophy circles, he has been untouchable - until now. Author Verd è s-Lerroux paints a highly charged portrait, denouncing his militancy, hypocrisy, elitism and shallowness.

Witty, sharp and rigorous, the author gives ammunition against Clinton-style mumbo-jumbo. If you hate Clinton, you will love this book.

Excerpt

Let's start by taking a look at a set of specificcharacteristics of Pierre Bourdieu's writings. Thesecharacteristics partly explain why his sociology inspirescriticism: an ideological discourse clothed in intimidatingrhetoric and a whole panoply of scientific pageantry.

His books of sociology and meta-sociologycontinually confer the leading role upon the modus operandi, justify his use of artificial language, go onat length about the sociologist's difficulties (i.e. all the “effort” his work required, and all his vexations intransmitting his knowledge, therefore a criticism of hiscritics — or his readers, including a preemptivecriticism of any faulty readings…). They give an imperialistview of social science and an imaginative concept of theexact sciences, and systematically focus on the . . .

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