Pierre Bourdieu (Denguin 1930 - Paris 2002) è stato uno tra i più influenti sociologi della seconda metà del Novecento
Cirus Rinaldi è ricercatore di Sociologia del diritto, della devianza e mutamento sociale presso il Dipartimento “Culture e Società” dell’Università degli Studi di Palermo, dove insegna Sociologia della devianza e mutamento sociale, Generi, sessualità e violenza negli scenari contemporanei e Studi LGBT e Teoria Queer.
As Bourdieu shows, the market is constructed by the state, which can decide, for example, whether to promote private housing or collective provision. And the individuals involved in the transaction are immersed in symbolic constructions which constitute, in a strong sense, the value of houses, neighbourhoods and towns.
The abstract and illusory nature of the assumptions of orthodox economic theory has been criticised by some economists, but Bourdieu argues that we must go further. Supply, demand, the market and even the buyer and seller are products of a process of social construction, and so-called ‘economic' processes can be adequately described only by calling on sociological methods. Instead of seeing the two disciplines in antagonistic terms, it is time to recognize that sociology and economics are in fact part of a single discipline, the object of which is the analysis of social facts, of which economic transactions are in the end merely one aspect.
This brilliant study by the most original sociologist of post-war France will be essential reading for students and scholars of sociology, economics, anthropology and related disciplines.
The fifth edition of Le métier de sociologue contains an interview with Pierre Bourdieu conducted by Beate Krais in 1988.