Bourdieu on Religion: Imposing Faith and Legitimacy by Terry Rey

By Terry Rey

Pierre Bourdieu was once probably the most influential social theorists of our time. He built a chain of thoughts to discover the way in which society works and to problem assumptions approximately what society is. His rules light up how contributors and teams locate worth and that means and so have swiftly become visible as highly efficient in analysing how faith works in society. 'Bourdieu on faith' introduces scholars to Bourdieu's key innovations: cultural, social and symbolic capital; habitus and box; and his problem to the buildings of social inequality. This examine may be priceless to any scholar drawn to the relationships among faith, type and social strength.

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For him, life itself was a commitment’, said Bové of Bourdieu (in Riding 2002). Pierre Bourdieu’s life of commitment ended after a brief struggle with lung cancer on January 23, 2002, in Paris. He was seventy-one years old. Richard Schusterman (2005, 478) explains that Bourdieu’s death was ‘without question an event of international proportions. The President of the Republic Jacques Chirac and the Prime Minister Lionel Jospin were quick to salute the career of this star of the theory of practice’.

And just as the broad range of his research ventures makes for a defiance of any neat classification of his work, so, too, does this wide array of citations make placing Bourdieu in a single intellectual lineage virtually impossible, something that he seemingly desired. That said, there are about a dozen figures that predominate among his influences, listed here more or less in descending order of importance: Weber, Marx, Durkheim, Merleau-Ponty, Mauss, Bachelard, Pascal, Heidegger, Leibniz, Canguilhem, Lévi-Strauss, and Sartre.

Pierre Bourdieu’s life of commitment ended after a brief struggle with lung cancer on January 23, 2002, in Paris. He was seventy-one years old. Richard Schusterman (2005, 478) explains that Bourdieu’s death was ‘without question an event of international proportions. The President of the Republic Jacques Chirac and the Prime Minister Lionel Jospin were quick to salute the career of this star of the theory of practice’. It was also ‘a huge loss not only for the political causes and the oppressed whose causes he championed, but equally for the numerous disciplines that he helped move forward: philosophy, sociology, anthropology, history, political science, political economics, the theory of education, feminism, literary theory, art criticism, and communications theory’.

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