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The Bourdieu paradigm

The origins and evolution of an intellectual social project

By Derek Robbins

The Bourdieu paradigm
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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5600-6
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: March 2021
  • BIC Category: Sociology, Western philosophy: Enlightenment, Society & Social Sciences, Phenomenology & Existentialism, Mindfulness, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, PHILOSOPHY / Political, SOCIAL SCIENCE / General, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Humanities / Social & political philosophy, Society & social sciences / General

Description

Analysing the work of Schutz, Gurwitsch, Merleau-Ponty and Bourdieu, this book considers the historical development of competing philosophies of social science. It examines the relations between phenomenology, Gestalt psychology and empirical social science in the first half of the twentieth century and then explores the way in which Bourdieu responded to this legacy by advocating a form of reflexive social-scientific investigation, which would remain faithful to primary experience without disowning accumulated intellectualism. The book asks whether the Bourdieu 'paradigm' retains value beyond the French conditions of its production. It offers an analysis of the development of Bourdieu's thought and practice which constitutes an invitation to readers generally to reassess the value of the western tradition of the social function of the detached intellectual for mass democratic societies.

Reviews

'The Bourdieu Paradigm is a helpful contribution to existing writing on Bourdieu, particularly in its ability to conduct an analysis of the origins of his theoretical perspective. Given the increasing application of Bourdieu's theoretical tools across contemporary social scientific research, both in the United Kingdom and internationally, this book is a timely addition to scholarship, allowing researchers to reflect on the development of this sociological theory and providing insights into potential new directions.'
LSE Review of Books

Contents

Introduction

Part I: Origins
1 Schutz in Vienna, 1900 to 1938
2 Gurwitsch in Germany and France, 1900 to 1938
3 Schutz and Gurwitsch in America, 1940-1980
4 Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Part II: Pierre Bourdieu: Evolution of an intellectual social project
5 The 1950s
6 The 1960s
7 The 1970s
8 The 1980s
9 The 1990s

Postscript
Index

Author

Derek Robbins is Emeritus Professor of International Social Theory at the University of East London

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