Firstly Loic Wacquant provides a clear and systematic account of the main themes of Bourdieu′s work, outlining his conception of knowledge, his theory of practice and his distinctive methods of analysis. In the second part of the book Wacquant collaborates with Bourdieu to discuss the central concepts of Bourdieu′s work, confront some criticisms and objections, and develop Bourdieu′s views on the relations between sociology, philosophy, history and politics. Finally Bourdieu displays his sociological approach in practice: beginning with the practical demands of research, he moves, step by step, to a formulation of the principles of sociological reason.
Supplemented by an extensive and up–to–date bibliography, this book will be essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand Bourdieu′s unique and outstanding contribution to contemporary social thought.
Part I: Towards a Social Praxeology: The Structure and Logic of Bourdieu′s Sociology.
1. Beyond the Antinomy of Social Physics and Social Phenomenology.
2. Classification Struggles and the Dialectic of Social and Mental Structures.
3. Methodological Relationalism.
4. The Fuzzy Logic of Practical Sense.
5. Against Theoreticism and Methodologism: Total Social Science.
6. Epistemic Reflexivity.
7. Reason, Ethics and Politics.
Part II: The Purpose of Reflexive Sociology (The Chicago Workshop).
1. Sociology as Socioanalysis.
2. The Unique and the Invariant.
3. The Logic of Fields.
4. Interest, Habitus, Rationality.
5. Language, Gender, and Symbolic Violence.
6. For a Realpolitik of Reason.
7. The Personal is Social.
Part III: The Practice of Reflexive Sociology (The Paris Workshop).
1. Handing Down a Trade.
2. Thinking Relationally.
3. A Radical Doubt.
4. ′Double Bind′ and Conversion.
5. Participant Objectivation.
References and Bibliography.
′The leading French sociologist of our generation, already well known through his researches and theoretical formulations, he appears here in the first person, in dialogue and in seminar, and in the magnifying glass of Loic Wacquant. One hopes the appeal of this self–presentation does not eclipse Bourdieu′s other major works, for An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology promises to be Bourdieu′s most widely–read book.′Randall Collins, University of California, Riverside