Deconstructing Pierre Bourdieu: Against Sociological Terrorism from the Left

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PIERRE BOURDIEU
OR
A CON-ARTIST'S SOCIOLOGY

It seems daring, even pretentious — and perhaps useless — to attempt to show how limited are Pierre Bourdieu's contributions to sociology and how great are the errors contained in his lessons on method. Pretentious, because Bourdieu is very richly endowed with all kinds of capital (cultural, social and symbolic): Professor at the College of France, Academic Dean at the school of Advanced studies in social sciences, Director of a scholarly review, editor of collections of essays and articles, author of works that are “taught” in high school economics and social studies classes, textbook author, etc., and no doubt many others that have slipped my mind. And useless, for Bourdieu, locked up in his theory for a third of a century, is still denouncing at the top of his lungs the “formidable resistance”

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