Pierre Bourdieu: Sociology is a Combat Sport

‘La sociologie est un sport de combat’ was how Pierre Bourdieu stated it. My first brush with Bourdieu was through the articulation of ‘cultural capital’ and ‘symbolic violence’. It is quite a challenge to engage with the ‘Bourdieuesque’ deployment of language -- complex constructions and almost a maze-like language interface. But, it is all worth the while. Apart from being a prolific ‘sociological genius’, what strikes me most is that he became, through his ‘combat sport’, an inspiration for so many movements opposed to neo-liberalism and globalisation in France and elsewhere. His legacy of social concern lives on, and the world is better for that.

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Javier
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Bourdieu writes, “The social world is accumulated history.” I think Bourdieu’s theory of capital and Domhoff’s research on the corporate community and upper class constitute a critique of both mainstream economic theory and Marxist theory. Bourdieu’s conception of cultural capital in the embodied state and objectified state as well as his conception of social capital are important, no doubt.

T Mcsweeney
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I bring my cultural capital with me as I comment on this post. Thanks for sharing btw

Rebecca
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Interesting guy. Appears to be quite humble, inspite of his stature. Lesson in humility.

Naveen S
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He argues that cultural capital is central to a childs life chances. I must say I have to agree.

LJ
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I’m writing up my phd thesis and in one discussion chapter I am using Foucaults notions of discourse and subject positions and in the following chapter using Bourdieu’s notions of capitals and symbolic violence. The chapters are based on the same piece of research but represent different phases in the research. Does this represent an epistemological dilemma or can i legitimately do this. I am using a grounded theory approach therefore it’s my opinion that I should use the theoretical framework that fits with the data rather than tring to squeeze the data into a pre-set framework. Anyone?
P Bertolini
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I really got interested in sociology after reading a bit of and about Bourdieu. Anyone who can help me out -Is there an associates degree in sociology? If I obtained an associates degree in science, could I then obtain a bachelors in science with a major in sociology? My community college doesn’t offer an associates degree in sociology, only some classes. And then another college a few towns away offers a bachelors degree in sociology. Is it even possible for me to obtain a degree in sociology between those two schools? I am in N.C

G Cabrera
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hehe Bourdieu puzzling over what something means…! priceless.

Kurten
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Cultural capital, symbolic capital and material capital – I am sure Bourdieu has a take on all three, and they are inter-related not separate categories per se.

F Vandeventer
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academics like Pierre don’t come often, intellectual champ with a social cause, or rather causes.

F Vandeventer
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Economic capital, cultural capital and social capital – he was certainly ahead of his time. Had a tough time reading him though!

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