Bourdieu’s Field Theory and the Social Sciences

  • James Albright
  • Deborah Hartman
  • Jacqueline Widin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. James Albright, Deborah Hartman
    Pages 1-15
  3. Field as Both a Conceptual and Empirical Object of Analysis

  4. Positionality, Struggle and Legitimation

  5. Explorations utilising Bourdieu and Other Methodological Approaches

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 293-299

About this book


Highlighting the conceptual work at the heart of Pierre Bourdieu’s reflexive sociology, this cutting edge collection operationalizes Bourdieusian concepts in field analysis. Offering a unique range of explorations and reflections utilizing field analysis, the eighteen chapters by prominent Bourdieusian scholars and early career scholars synthesize key insights and challenges scholars face when going ‘beyond the fields we know’. The chapters offer examples from discipline contexts as diverse as cultural studies, poetry, welfare systems, water management, education, journalism and surfing and provide demonstrations of theorizing within practical examples of field analysis. One of the foremost social philosophers and sociologists of the twentieth century, Bourdieu is widely known in cultural studies and education and his approaches are increasingly being taken up in health, social work, anthropology, family studies, journalism, communication studies and other disciplines where an analysis of the interplay between individuals and social structures is relevant. With its unique interdisciplinary focus, this book provides a useful guide to doing field analysis and working with Bourdieusian methods research, as well as key reading for methodology courses at post-graduate level.


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Editors and affiliations

  • James Albright
    • 1
  • Deborah Hartman
    • 2
  • Jacqueline Widin
    • 3
  1. 1.The University of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  2. 2.The University of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  3. 3.University of Technology SdyneySydneyAustralia

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