Understanding Bourdieu aims to explain Bourdieu's work in a lively and accessible style with extensive reference to popular culture. Bourdieu's work is central to contemporary social and cultural theory as well as research and teaching, however, understanding Bourdieu can be a challenge. This book uses a range of examples from popular culture to flesh out the material in accessible terms. As such it is an ideal primer for all beginning sociology and cultural studies students.
Chapter 8: The field of Cultural Production
Bourdieu was a photographer, so it is perhaps not surprising that, after looking at institutionalised social practices like marriage and education, he should turn his attention to creative practices. His interest in what he calls ‘the field of cultural production’ was evident in some of his earliest publications. The original French language publication of Photography: A Middle-brow Art, his study of the social functions of photography, was published in 1965; in 1967 his translation of German art historian Erwin Panofsky's Gothic Architecture and Scholastic Thought (with an introduction written by Bourdieu) was published, and in 1969 Bourdieu published the findings of his research into the uses of art museums (The Love of Art).
Bourdieu's approach to the ...