On the Theory of Action
In this new volume Pierre Bourdieu - one of the foremost social
thinkers of our time - clarifies and elaborates the most
fundamental characteristics of his theoretical approach.
Bourdieu's theory is both a relational philosophy of science
dedicated to revealing the objective relations which shape and
underpin social life, and a philosophy of action which takes
account of agents' dispositions as well as the structured
situations in which they act. This philosophy of action is
condensed in a small number of key concepts - habitus, field,
capital - and it is defined by the two-way relationship between the
objective structures of social fields and the incorporated
structures of the habitus.
The key concepts and assumptions of Bourdieu's approach are
exemplified in this volume through a variety of concrete analyses,
from a discussion of the formation of the modern state to an
account of the family as a site of social reproduction, from an
analysis of the economy of symbolic goods to a reflection on the
social conditions of political morality.
An excellent and accessible introduction to the work of Bourdieu,
Practical Reason will be of great interest to students and
scholars in sociology, anthropology, politics and philosophy, and
throughout the social sciences and humanities generally.