The promise of Bourdieusian political sociology: David Swartz. Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013

Bart Bonikowski

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    Abstract

    This essay provides an analytical review of David Swartz’s book on Bourdieu’s political sociology. I argue that among its many virtues, the book presents Bourdieu’s ideas in an accessible and synthetic manner, adding clarity to what is a complex and often contradictory theoretical system. In addition to assessing the book’s contributions, I draw inspiration from Swartz’s work to point out some of the limitations of the Bourdieusian perspective and identify promising avenues for the further elaboration of this approach through empirical research.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)385-391
    Number of pages7
    JournalTheory and Society
    Volume44
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 22 2015

    Keywords

    • Bourdieu
    • Field theory
    • Inequality
    • Political change
    • Political sociology
    • Power

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • History
    • Sociology and Political Science

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