DOES BOURDIEU UNDERSTAND BOURDIEU?
ON HIS WORKS ON SCHOOL
AND ON HOMO ACADEMICUS (1984)
In An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology (1992), Pierre Bourdieu speaks on several occasions about Homo Academicus. This is, he said, “the culmination, at least in the biographical sense, of a kind of 'epistemological experimentation' which I began, quite consciously, in the early 1960s, when I applied to a familiar universe the methods of investigation which I had used earlier to uncover the logic of the relations of kinship in a foreign universe…”. And, further: “… I have never left off seeing myself as an object of study, not in a narcissistic sense, but as a representative of a category. I never irritate other people so much as when I analyze myself — Homo Academicus contains pages and pages about myself, in that I analyze categories to which I belong; in which, in speaking about myself, I tell the truth about the