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Pierre Bourdieu: Key Concepts [Paperback]

Michael Grenfell
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15 Aug 2008 1844651185 978-1844651184
The French social philosopher Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) is now recognised as one of the major thinkers of the twentieth century. In a career of over fifty years, Bourdieu studied a wide range of topics: education, culture, art, politics, economics, literature, law, and philosophy. Throughout his studies, Bourdieu developed a highly specialised series of concepts that he referred to as his "thinking tools", which were used to uncover the workings of contemporary society. Pierre Bourdieu: Key Concepts takes a selection of his most important concepts and examines them in detail. Focusing on an individual concept, each chapter is written to be of immediate use to the student with little or no previous knowledge of Bourdieu. At the same time, the chapters develop various dimensions around each concept to make the coverage of interest to the more experienced reader.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (15 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844651185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844651184
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 395,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The book manages that extraordinary feat of offering both accessible introductions to Bourdieu's concepts that are good 'to think with' whilst also offering a depth of analysis that will engage scholars already familiar with Bourdieu's work. Whether a chapter says something new about familiar concepts like habitus, field, or capital, or it introduces less discussed concepts like conatus, the writing stretches the reader's understanding of what sociological theory can be." --Arthur Frank, University of Calgary

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Michael Grenfell is Professor of Education and Director of Research at the University of Southampton.

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5.0 out of 5 stars best Bourdieu critical book I have read 11 Mar 2010
To me, this is the best Bourdieu critical book. All key concepts are clearly marked out explained in the most simple but precise language.

This is especially so when compared to Jenkins book on Bourdieu. Jenkins' book is advertised as 'direct, concise and to the point'. Personal experience is that it is so confusing, both writing style and concept construction compared to Grenfell's.

As a third year phd student in culture study, I find this book has helped me emencely in conceptualising Bourdieu and highly recommend it to potential buyers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Key Concepts Rocks ! 18 Jun 2011
By Lois
I think it fair to say that most philosophers truly have their head in the clouds and their dictionary firmly under their arm ! Bordieu is no exception. His concepts however are within the grasp of the ordinary man and even more so when analysed and shared in this book by Grenfell and colleagues. Habitus, Field and Capital become readily understood and acceptable. Bordieun theory can be judged to be enlightened,and embraced by scholars of the social sciences who can apply it in studies of structures as well as the structured !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book 16 Feb 2013
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This book is a great read, I suggest that anyone who is interested in rhetoric and composition get this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Title says it all 29 Aug 2009
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The book offers a great presentation of Bourdieu's concepts of habitus, capital and field in a format that is easy to read and understand.
5.0 out of 5 stars very good discussions of Bourdieu's 19 Aug 2014
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outstanding, very good discussions of Bourdieu's work
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