This is the first comprehensive description of Pierre Bourdieu's theory of culture and habitus. Within the wider intellectual context of Bourdieu's work, this book provides a systematic reading of his assessment of the role of `cultural capital' in the production and consumption of symbolic goods. Bridget Fowler outlines the key critical debates that inform Bourdieu's work. She introduces his recent treatment of the rules of art, explains the importance of his concept of capital - economic and social, symbolic and cultural - and defines such key terms as habitus, practice and strategy, legitimate culture, popular art and distinction. The book focuses particularly on Bourdieu's account of the nature of capit



Situating Pierre Bourdieu

In the Anglo-American world, there have been two moments of Pierre Bourdieu, the first in response to the English translation of Reproduction in 1977 and the second at the time of Distinction, also in translation, in 1984.1 Thus although there has been recent acceptance of his importance in the fields of education, consumption and leisure, there has been no sustained analysis of his cultural theory nor any attempt to analyse works such as Les Règles de l'art (1992) in the light of all his other works. This book will therefore examine his sociology of culture, with especial reference to his analysis of literature and painting. My contention is that Bourdieu's approach is the most comprehensive and sophisticated available at present and that ...

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