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- DescriptionIn this major work, Bourdieu examines the distinctive forms of power - political, intellectual, bureaucratic and ecomic - by means of which contemporary societies are governed. What kinds of competence are claimed by the bureaucrats and techcrats who administer our societies? And how do those who govern come to gain the recognition of those who are governed by them? Bourdieu examines in detail the work of consecration which is carried out by the educational system - and especially in France by the grandes ecoles. The work of consecration can be seen in operation in different historical periods, whenever a bility is produced. Today the socially recognized groups function according to a logic similar to that which characterized the divisions between high and low in the ancien regime. Today this state bility is the heir - structural and sometimes even genealogical - of the blesse de robe which, in order to consolidate its position in relation to other forms of power, had to construct the modern state and the republican myths, meritocracy and civil service which went along with it. Bourdieu examines the mechanisms which produce the kind of bility displayed by those who govern, and the recognition granted to them by those who are governed by them.
- Author BiographyPierre Bourdieu was Professor of Sociology at the College de France.
- Author(s)Pierre Bourdieu
- PublisherPolity Press
- Date of Publication22/11/1996
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPolity Press
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- Weight880 g
- Width162 mm
- Height238 mm
- Spine36 mm
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