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by Loïc Wacquant
Pierre Bourdieu was a brilliant sociologist and social thinker; hewas also an intensely political man whose work is of profoundsignificance for rethinking democracy. This original volumepresents and develops Bourdieu's distinctive contribution to thetheory and practice of democratic politics. It explicates andillustrates his core concepts of political field and field ofpower, his historical model of the bureaucratic state, and hisinfluential analyses of the practices and institutions involved inthe paradoxical phenomenon of political representation - startingwith the enigma of delegation, or what he called the "mystery ofministry." The fruitfulness of Bourdieu's approach is demonstrated in a seriesof integrated studies of voting, public opinion polls, partydynamics, class rule, and state-building, as well as by carefulanalyses of Bourdieu's own civic engagements and his theoreticaltreatment of the politics of reason and recognition in contemporarysociety. Charting the connections between Bourdieu's political views, themain nodes of his sociology of democratic representation, and theimplications of this sociology for progressive civic thought andaction, this book will be of interest to students and scholarsacross the gamut of disciplines as well as to citizens concernedwith renewing struggles for social justice.
Polity; 1 edition (June 10, 2005)
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