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The Bourdieu Paradigm: The Origins and Evolution of an Intellectual Social Project

Derek Robbins


In two parts, the book examines, first, the attempts of three thinkers of the first half of the twentieth century to reconcile, in different socio-cultural contexts, the legacy of idealist philosophy with the claims of empirical social science, and, secondly, the trajectory of Bourdieu’s career in France from philosophy student to sociological researcher to political activist. It traces a progression from thought to action, but an emphasis on action informed by thought. It poses the question whether Bourdieu’s attempted integration of intellectualism and empiricism correlated with his particul ... More

Keywords: philosophy, sociology, phenomenology, Gestalt psychology, thought, action, reflexivity, politics, reflexivity, cross-cultural conceptual transfer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780719099397
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526127709


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Robbins, author
University of East London