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The French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu had a broader theoretical agenda than is generally acknowledged. Introducing this innovative collection of essays, Philip S. Gorski argues that Bourdieu's reputation as a theorist of social reproduction is the misleading result of his work's initial reception among Anglophone readers, who focused primarily on his mid-career thought. A broader view of his entire body of work reveals Bourdieu as a theorist of social transformation as well. Gorski maintains that Bourdieu was initially engaged with the question of social transformation and that the question of historical change not only never disappeared from his view, but that it re-emerged with great force at the end of his career.The contributors to Bourdieu and Historical Analysis explore this expanded understanding of Bourdieu's thought and its potential contributions to analyses of large-scale social change and historical crisis. Their essays offer a primer on his concepts and methods, and relate them to alternative approaches, including rational choice, Lacanian psychoanalysis, pragmatism, Latour's actor-network theory, and the "new" sociology of ideas. Several contributors examine Bourdieu's work on literature and sports. Others extend his thinking in new directions, applying it to nationalism and social policy. Taken together, the essays initiate an important conversation about Bourdieu's approach to sociohistorical change.

. Craig Calhoun, Charles Camic, Christophe Charle, Jacques Defrance, Mustafa Emirbayer, Ivan Ermakoff, Gil Eyal, Chad Alan Goldberg, Philip S. Gorski, Robert A. Nye, Erik Schneiderhan, Gisele Shapiro, George Steinmetz, David Swartz

Philip S. Gorski is Professor of Sociology and of Religious Studies at Yale University, where he directs the European Studies Council and codirects the Center for Comparative Research and the MacMillan Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Society. He is the author of The Protestant Ethic Revisited and The Disciplinary Revolution: Calvinism and the Rise of the State in Early Modern Europe.

"This uncommonly interesting set of essays will contribute to the growing appreciation, and the productive use, of the resources contained in Bourdieu's extraordinarily rich oeuvre for the theoretical analysis of historical transformations."—Rogers Brubaker, author of Ethnicity without Groups

"In Bourdieu and Historical Analysis, Philip S. Gorski and his fellow contributors reject both the functionalist and structuralist perspectives that would view Bourdieu strictly as a reproduction theorist. They demonstrate very convincingly that Bourdieu should be seen instead as a theorist of historical transformation. This volume makes a significant scholarly contribution."—Johan Heilbron, author of The Rise of Social Theory

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  • Release: 09.01.2013
  • ISBN: 9780822352730
  • Pages 432
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