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The Routledge Companion to Bourdieu’s ’Distinction’

mis à jour le 23 février 2015

Edited by Philippe Coulangeon, Julien Duval
Routledge – 2015 – 326 pages

This edited collection explores the genesis of Bourdieu’s classical book Distinction and its international career in contemporary Social Sciences. It includes contributions from contemporary sociologists from diverse countries who question the theoretical legacy of this book in various fields and national contexts. Invited authors review and exemplify current controversies concerning the theses promoted in Distinction in the sociology of culture, lifestyles, social classes and stratification, with a specific attention dedicated to the emerging forms of cultural capital and the logics of distinction that occur in relation to material consumption or bodily practices. They also empirically illustrate the theoretical contribution of Distinction in relation with such notions as field or habitus, which fruitfulness is emphasized in relation with some methodological innovations of the book. In this respect, a special focus is put on the emerging stream of « distinction studies » and on the opportunities offered by the geometrical data analysis of social spaces.

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