This book is the direct product of Chris Rojek’s suggestion that I write it. Without that suggestion, it would probably never have seen the light of day; nor might it ever have done so without his unobtrusive but supportive editorial presence. My thanks are also due to Jack Goody, who first introduced me to Bourdieu’s work as something which I might find stimulating and interesting. He was right.
I have quoted particularly extensively in the course of the text from two of Bourdieu’s books, Distinction and The Logic of Practice. I gratefully acknowledge permission to do so from, respectively, Routledge and Polity Press/Basil Blackwell Ltd. Les Éditions de Minuit generously granted similar permissions with respect to the non-English language copyright, throughout the world, of the original editions, La Distinction and Le sens pratique.
I must also thank Stephanie Adams, Kate Ingram, John Parker and Chris Stray, for reading all or part of various versions of the book whilst it was in preparation. Their comments - which I confess I have not always accepted - and, much more important, their encouragement made what sometimes felt like an impossible job seem more manageable. Pierre Bourdieu and Richard Nice were also kind enough to enter into what were for me helpful exchanges of correspondence.