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Chapter 8: Meta-Criticism: Charting Interminable Territory

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Meta-Criticism: Charting Interminable Territory
Meta-criticism: Charting interminable territory

The previous chapter tried to represent critically some of the criticisms that have been made of Bourdieu's work. It showed that the main local disagreements — that the work does not transfer cross-culturally or cross-temporally and that it denigrates working-class culture-all follow from the disinclination of critics to accept the particular epistemological basis of Bourdieu's projects.

In his own brief response to his critics (published as ‘Concluding remarks: for a sociogenetic understanding of intellectual works’, in Bourdieu: Critical Perspectives) Bourdieu first emphasises those misunderstandings which relate to the international circulation of ideas. He argues that consumers of his works have found grounds for criticising them either because they have synchronised them or because they have atomised them. Scrutiny of ...

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