Bourdieu meets Marx, Gramsci, Fanon, Freire, Beauvoir and Mills (in Burawoy’s imagination)

In this series Michael Burawoy conceives of a whole series of imagined ‘meetings’ between Bourdieu and leading political thinkers, elaborating his own understanding of Bourdieu’s work by considering its relationship with important intellectual trends:


1. Sociology as a Combat Sport: Bourdieu Meets Bourdieu

Bourdieu in South Africa: order meets disorder

  1.  Theory and Pracrtice: Marx Meets Bourdieu

Resurrecting the subaltern: bodies of defiance

3. Cultural Domination: Gramsci Meets Bourdieu

Subaltern crowds challenge authority

4. Colonialism and Revolution: Fanon Meets Bourdieu

The state and the people, symbolic violence and physical violence

5.Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Freire Meets Bourdieu

Discipline, the canon and the ‘imperialism of reason”

6.The Antinomies of Feminism: Beauvoir Meets Bourdieu

Gentle violence, brutal violence and the struggle to empower women

7.Intellectuals and Their Publics: Mills Meets Bourdieu

The ‘Realpolitik of reason’ meets the symbolic world of politics

8.Homo Ludens vs. Homo Habitus: Burawoy Meets Bourdieu

Bourdieu, symbolic order and the ‘margin of freedom’: four sketches for a theory of change


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  1. Looks like a Bourdieu church… When all Bourdieu really wanted was to seek more knowledge of our world and fight for knowledge being used to make the world a better place.

  2. Great idea to converse with a ‘world’ of thinkers. I like particularly the ‘dialogue’ with Beauvoir’s view (good to remember in gender-discourse) and with Freire’s approach. We miss a debate on ‘education for the people’. It’s needed not only because of the neo-liberal (capitalist?) domination but because of the new fascinating ‘big wave’ of consumerism in our IT-world (with a formalized, minimized and ‘democratized’ communication). We need the discourse against this stream. As intellectual and popular ‘life-west’ to survive the ‘tsunami’ and, … get a new chance to swim. For instance, discussing and politicising Habermas’ discourse-ethics in public space could do it, I think. To stop a growing sickness of observed ‘self-disempowerment of people and intellectual ‘self-mutilation’.
    What about a fictive communication on ‘freedom to learn’? Michael Burawoy could invite Habermas, Benhabib and Freire; and he would be a great moderatior, I am sure. Thanks – good luck.

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