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Derek Robbins

In: Cultural Theory: Classical and Contemporary Positions

Chapter Eight: Framing Bourdieu's Work on Culture

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Framing Bourdieu's Work on Culture
Framing bourdieu's work on culture
Bourdieu's ‘Bind’

In one of his late articles, co-authored with Loïc Wacquant, entitled ‘Sur les ruses de la raison impérialiste’ (Bourdieu and Wacquant, 1998) and translated as ‘On the cunning of Imperialist Reason’ (Bourdieu and Wacquant, 1999), Bourdieu presented indicative analyses which sought to demonstrate the contention stated in the first sentence, that: ‘Cultural imperialism rests on the power to universalize particularisms linked to a singular historical tradition by causing them to be misrecognized as such’ (Bourdieu and Wacquant, 1999: 41). The statement drew upon the notion of méconnaissance which Bourdieu had elaborated in La reproduction (Bourdieu and Passeron, 1970) to argue that school curricula were presented as universally valid so as to conceal the extent to ...

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