American reception of his works, however, has lacked a full understanding of their place within the broad context of French human science. His individual works separated by distinct boundaries between social science fields in American academia, Bourdieu's cohesive thought has come to this country in fragments.
Bourdieu: Critical Perspectives provides a unified and balanced appraisal of Bourdieu's varied works by both proponents and skeptics. The essays are written from the varied viewpoints of cultural anthropology, ethnomethodology and other varieties of sociology, existential and Wittgensteinian philosophies, linguistics, media studies, and feminism. They work around three main themes: Bourdieu's effort to transcend gaps between practical knowledge and universal structures, his central concept of "reflexivity," and the relations between social structure, systems of classification, and language.
Ultimately, the contributors raise a variety of crucial theoretical questions and address problems that are important not only to understanding Bourdieu but to advancing empirical work of the kind he has pioneered. In an essay written especially for this volume, Bourdieu describes his own "mode of intellectual production" and the reasons he sees for its common misunderstanding.
The contributors are Hubert Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow, Charles Taylor, Aaron Cicourel, James Collins, William Hanks, Beate Krais, Nicholas Garnham, Scott Lash, Roger Brubaker, and Loic Wacquant, and the editors.
Moishe Postone, Edward LiPuma, and Craig Calhoun
Can There Be a Science of Existential Structure and Social Meaning?
Hubert Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow
To Follow a Rule
Habitus, Field, and Capital: The Question of Historical Specificity
Aspects of Structural and Processual Theories of Knowledge
Aaron V. Cicourel
Determination and Contradiction: An Appreciation and Critique of the Work of Pierre Bourdieu on Language and Education
Notes on Semantics in Linguistic Practice
William F. Hanks
Gender and Symbolic Violence: Female Oppression in the Light of Pierre Bourdieu's Theory of Social Practice
Bourdieu, the Cultural Arbitrary, and Television
Pierre Bourdieu: Cultural Economy and Social Change
Social Theory as Habitus
Bourdieu in America: Notes on the Transatlantic Importation of Social Theory
Loic J. D. Wacquant
Concluding Remarks: For a Sociogenetic Understanding of Intellectual Works