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The State Nobility


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Foreword by Loic J. D. Wacquant.

Translator's Note.

Prologue: Social Structures and Mental Structures.

Part I: Academic Forms of Classification:.

1. Dualistic Thinking and the Conciliation of Opposites.

2. Misrecognition and Symbolic Violence.

Part II: The Ordination:.

1. The Production of a Nobility.

2. A Rite of Institution.

3. The Ambiguities of Competence.

Part III: The Field of the Grandes Ecoles and its Transformations:.

1. A State of the Structure.

2. A Structural History.

Part IV: The Field of Power and its Transformations:.

1. Forms of Power and their Reproduction.

2. Establishment Schools and Power over the Economy.

3 Transformations in the Structure of the Field of Power.

Part V: State Power and Power over the State:.



About the Author

Pierre Bourdieu was Professor of Sociology at the College de France.


"Since the 1960s Pierre Bourdieu's terrific constancy has been there to hold us to the vision and divisions of criticism, detachment, reason, truth ... [This book is an] enormous addition to his vast architecture." Times Higher Education Supplement

"This is a book ... which presents a stimulating argument." Sociology

"If you wish to understand how France's grandes ecoles have achieved such influence you need look no further than The State Nobility ... characteristic combination of original concepts, innovative analysis and a huge array of empirical evidence ... strongly recommended." British Journal of Sociology

"Both The Rules of Art and State Nobility are dazzling examples of the way in which Bourdieu imposes order on an overwhelming wealth of empirical material ... these books represent important developments in Bourdieu's thought and confirm his status as one of today's most stimulating and bold sociological thinkers." European Journal of Social Theory

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