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Cultural Analysis and Bourdieu’s Legacy

Settling Accounts and Developing Alternatives, 1st Edition

Edited by Elizabeth Silva, Alan Warde


208 pages

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Cultural Analysis and Bourdieu’s Legacy explores the achievements and limitations of a Bourdieusian approach to cultural analysis through original contributions from distinguished international scholars.

This edited collection offers sustained critical engagement, substantiated by new empirical work. It presents concrete evidence of different approaches to the interpretation of culture in Britain, France and the USA. Discussions are situated in relation to current debates about cultural analysis, in particular the vibrant and extensive disputes concerning the applicability of Bourdieu’s concepts and methods. Subsequently, implications for the future of research work in cultural analysis, including into theory and methods, are drawn. The contributing authors offer key interpretations of the work of Bordieu, arguments for alternative approaches to cultural analysis, and critical applications of his concepts in empirical analysis.

This book is essential reading for graduate students of sociology, cultural studies, social anthropology or cultural geography, providing great insight into the work of one of the most eminent contemporary scholars in the field of cultural analysis.

Table of Contents

1. The Importance of Bourdieu Elizabeth Silva and Alan Warde 2. Working with Habitus and Field: the Logic of Bourdieu’s Practice Michael Grenfell 3. ‘Cooking the books’ of the French Gastronomic Field Rick Fantasia 4. Pierre Bourdieu’s political sociology and public sociology David Swartz 5. Dis-identification and class identity Mike Savage, Elizabeth Silva and Alan Warde 6. From the Theory of Practice to the Practice of Theory: Working with Bourdieu in research on higher education choice Diane Reay 7. Bourdieu, ethics and practice Andrew Sayer 8. Culture, Power, Knowledge: Between Foucault and Bourdieu Tony Bennett 9. The price of the people: Sociology, performance and reflexivity Antoine Hennion 10. Looking back at Bourdieu Michèle Lamont 11. Bourdieu in a multidimensional perspective Frédéric Lebaron 12. Habitus and classification Fiona Devine 13. Epilogue: Bourdieu’s legacy?Elizabeth Silva and Alan Warde

About the Editors

Elizabeth Silva is Professor of Sociology at the Open University. She is a member of the project team of Cultural Capital and Social Exclusion (CCSE) and of the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC). She has published various sole authored and co-authored articles using CCSE material. Her editing experience includes 4 books and 3 special editions of scholarly journals.

Alan Warde is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the project team of Cultural Capital and Social Exclusion and has authored and co-authored several articles using its data. His editing experience includes 8 books and 3 special editions of scholarly journals.

About the Series


Culture, Economy and the Social

This series establishes the importance of innovative contemporary, comparative and historical work on the relations between social, cultural and economic change. It publishes empirically-based research that is theoretically informed, that critically examines the ways in which social, cultural and economic change is framed and made visible, and that is attentive to perspectives that tend to be ignored or side-lined by grand theorising or epochal accounts of social change. The series addresses the diverse manifestations of contemporary capitalism, and considers the various ways in which the `social', `the cultural' and `the economic' are apprehended as tangible sites of value and practice. It is explicitly comparative, publishing books that work across disciplinary perspectives, cross-culturally, or across different historical periods.

We are particularly focused on publishing books in the following areas that fit with the broad remit of the series:

  • Cultural consumption
  • Cultural economy
  • Cities and urban change
  • Materiality, sociality and the post-human
  • Culture and media industries
  • Culture and governance
  • Emerging forms of cultural and economic practice

The series is actively engaged in the analysis of the different theoretical traditions that have contributed to critiques of the `cultural turn'. We are particularly interested in perspectives that engage with Bourdieu, Foucauldian approaches to knowledge and cultural practices, Actor-network approaches, and with those that are associated with issues arising from Deleuze's work around complexity, affect or topology. The series is equally concerned to explore the new agendas emerging from current critiques of the cultural turn: those associated with the descriptive turn for example. Our commitment to interdisciplinarity thus aims at enriching theoretical and methodological discussion, building awareness of the common ground has emerged in the past decade, and thinking through what is at stake in those approaches that resist integration to a common analytical model.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General