Pierre Bourdieu (August 1, 1930 – January 23, 2002) was an acclaimed French sociologist whose work employed methods drawn from a wide range of disciplines, from philosophy and literary theory to sociology and anthropology.
- If the sociologist has a role, it is probably more to furnish weapons than to give lessons.
- Bourdieu (talk at the Conference of the AFEF, Limoges, October 30, 1977)
- The practical mastery of the logic or of the imminent necessity of a game — a mastery acquired by experience of the game, and one which works outside conscious control and discourse (in the way that. for instance, techniques of the body do).
- Bourdieu (1990), In Other Words p. 60
- Practice has a logic which is not that of the logician.
- Bourdieu (1990), The Logic of Practice. p. 86
- Male domination is so rooted in our collective unconscious that we no longer even see it.
- Bourdieu (1998), "On male domination" Le Monde Diplomatique, Oct. 10, 1998
- Television enjoys a de facto monopoly on what goes into the heads of a significant part of the population and what they think.
- Bourdieu (1998: 18); as cited in: Helen Kelly-Holmes (2001) Minority Language Broadcasting: Breton and Irish. p. 8
- I often say that sociology is a martial art, a means of self-defense. Basically, you use it to defend yourself, without having the right to use it for unfair attacks.
- Bourdieu (2000), La Sociologie est un sport de combat; cited in: John Horne, Wolfram Manzenreiter (2004), Football Goes East. p. xii
- The point of my work is to show that culture and education aren't simply hobbies or minor influences.
- Bourdieu (2001), "The Intellectual Class Struggle," New York Times, Jan. 6, 2001
Equisse d'une Théorie de la Pratique (1977)
- Pierre Bourdieu (1977), Equisse d'une Théorie de la Pratique.
- The mind is a metaphor of the world of objects which is itself but an endless circle of mutually reflecting metaphors.
- p. 91
- Every established order tends to produce (to very different degrees with different means) the naturalization of its own arbitrariness.
- p. 164; as cited in: Jan E. M. Houben (1996) Ideology and Status of Sanskrit, p. 190
- The most successful ideological effects are those which have no need of words, and ask no more than complicitous silence
- p. 188
About Pierre Bourdieu
- Pierre Bourdieu [was] a leading French sociologist and maverick intellectual who emerged as a public figure here in the 1990's by championing the antiglobalization movement and other anti-establishment causes.
- Alan Riding (2002) "Pierre Bourdieu, 71, French Thinker and Globalization Critic" Guardian January 25, 2002
- Pierre Bourdieu, a French sociologist, observed that elites in a society typically maintain their power not simply by controlling the means of production (ie money), but by dominating the cultural discourse too (ie a society’s intellectual map). And what is most important in relation to that cognitive map is not what is overtly stated and discussed – but what is left unstated, or ignored.
- Gillian Tett "Eliminate financial double-think" Financial Times, August 20, 2009