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Bourdieu: Reflexive Sociologism and the Field of Politics
Bourdieu: Reflexive Sociologism and the Field of Politics
Introduction

In ‘Une sociologie des relations internationales’ (1963), Aron made the point that his friends, Jean-Daniel Reynaud and Alain Touraine, had said to him that there was no trace in his researches of ‘true sociology’ (Aron, 2006: 1057; see Notes to Chapter 5), by which they meant empirical research using well-established sociological concepts. It was manifestly the case that Aron had never undertaken empirical sociological research. Alongside his chair at the Sorbonne, Aron was appointed a Director of Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in 1960, and he set about remedying this empirical deficiency in the same year. He established a research group which he called the European Centre of Historical Sociology and he employed two assistants to develop ...

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