The French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu (1930–2002) wrote in French and occasionally in German, but never in English. As more and more of his work was translated into English, however, he gained a position as one of the most important sociologists of our time in the Anglophone world as well. Religion was not one of Bourdieu’s main interests. His main interest was to understand practice as the crucial dimension of human worlds. According to Bourdieu, the practice was embedded in relations of power, with class as the generative principle of perceptions, conceptions, and tastes. However, he did write a few pieces on religion, not all of which have been translated into English. Bourdieu’s work has nonetheless had an impact on the study of religion, being used ...

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