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Pierre Bourdieu
Richard Jenkins
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Pierre Bourdieu

3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  58 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
This short critical introduction to the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu is a model of clarity and insight. Where Bourdieu's original writings are often densely argued and ambiguous, Richard Jenkins is direct, concise and to the point. He emphasises Bourdieu's contirbutions to the theory and methodology while also dealing in detail with his substantive studies of education, so ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Routledge (first published January 10th 1992)
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May 05, 2012 Trevor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-theory
When I read the Kant and Hegel in 90 minutes books I knew (or probably ought to have known) that they would be crap. Admittedly, I don’t think I really could have anticipated that they would have been quite as bad as they turned out – but we really are going to have to get over the idea that something worthwhile can be summarised in 90 minutes worth of text and not lose just about everything that makes it worthwhile. All the same, I really expected more from this book.

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The volume combines both an overview of Bourdieu's work, as well as a challenging criticism of Bourdieu, especially his style/language. Due to its brevity, it unfortunately doesn't do the overview nor the criticism justice. Still, I can recommend the book as an introduction to Pierre Bourdieu's sociology.
Jul 28, 2013 Denis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A good summary and but a sad critique. In overturning structuralism, the author usefully compares Bourdieu to Marx, but then misunderstands Bourdieu in the same way that many misunderstand Marx. He sees key concepts, like reflexivity and "objectification of objectification" but fails to apply them within his own critique. The value in the book arises out of seeing how the author gets it wrong, in doing so vindicating Bourdieu's methodology and process.
Jul 27, 2007 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best introduction to Bourdieu available; it covers his major contributions (though not much on his political economy, which gets ignored in the US) in clear, concise prose. Read before jumping into the deep end.
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