Best Known For:
- Contributions in the areas of general sociological theory and the link between education and culture
- Pioneering terminologies such as habitus and symbolic violence
- His work Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste
Early Life And Education:
Career and Later Life:
In 1960 Bourdieu began teaching at the University of Paris before gaining a teaching position at the University of Lille where he remained until 1964. It was at this time that Bourdieu became Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and founded the Center for European Sociology.
In 1975, with the research group he had formed at the Center for European Sociology, he launched the interdisciplinary journal Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, which he shepherded until his death. Through this journal, Bourdieu sought to denationalize social science, to break down the preconceived notions of ordinary and scholarly commonsense, and to break out of established forms of scientiﬁc communication by commingling analysis, raw data, ﬁeld documents, and pictorial illustrations. Indeed, the motto for this journal was "to display and to demonstrate."
In 1993 Bourdieu was honored with the "Médaille d'or du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique" while in 1996, he received the Goffman Prize from the University of California, Berkeley and in 2001 the Huxley Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
- The School as a Conservative Force (1966)
- Outline of a Theory of Practice (1977)
- Reproduction in Education, Society, and Culture (1977)
- Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste (1984)
Wacquant, L. (2002). The Sociological Life of Pierre Bourdieu. International Sociology. Vol 17(4): 549–556.
Johnson, A. (1995). The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers.