Symbolic Violence: Education as Concealed Power



In 1970, Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron published La reproduction. Élements pour une théorie du système d’enseignement. The English translation Foundations of a theory of symbolic violence was published in 1977 as the first part of the widely referenced book Reproduction in education, society and culture, commonly called Reproduction. It is a difficult text, written paragraph by paragraph, similar to a juridical text. I could find little secondary literature dealing with it; most analysis and discussion of the book refers to the second part. This neglect deprives English-speaking readers of an important contribution to social theory. The present chapter aims to rectify this omission.


Pedagogical Action Teaching Content Pedagogic Work Dominant Class Pedagogical Authority 
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