Pierre Bourdieu is one of the most protean intellectual forces in comtemporary French thought. He holds the chair in sociology at the prestigious College de France, yet his influence extends far beyond the area of sociological research and theory. Bourdieu's work, presented in over twenty books,lies on the borders of philosophy, anthropology and ethlogy, and cultural theory. The present volume consists of diverse individual texts, produced between 1980 and 1986, which take two forms: interviews in which Bourdieu confronts a series of probing and intelligent interviewers, and conference papers that clarify and extend specific areas of his current research. Now that Bourdieu's work has achieved wide diffusion and celebrity, this is an appropriate time for this volume, a pause for retrospection and resynthesis, for correction of misreadings and extension of previous insights, and for projection of the next stages of his work. For this English edition, Bourdieu's celebrated inaugural lecture at the College de France, Lecon sur la Lecon, has been added. Because of the verve and clarity of Bourdieu's arguments in this book, it is a very readable and concise introduction to his work.<
Pierre Bourdieu is Professor of Sociology at the College de France and Director of the Center for European Sociology at the Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.