Bourdieu's Theory of the State

A Critical Introduction

  • Steven Loyal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 149-153

About this book


This book critically examines Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of the state by assessing its theoretical and empirical value. Steven Loyal expertly situates Bourdieu's work within the context of both classical and modern theories of the state, providing a comprehensive frame of reference. Finally, Loyal discusses Bourdieu's theoretical limitations and projects how his theory of the state might be utilized in the future. 

Steven Loyal is Associate Professor at the School of Sociology at University College Dublin, Ireland. His areas of interest include sociological theory, migration, the sociology of knowledge, social stratification, and historical sociology. 


philosophy Pierre Bourdieu politics social philosophy social science sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Steven Loyal
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  1. 1.School of SociologyUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-58349-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58350-5
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