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Anderson, Eric, and Francesca M. Cancian. Review of Masculine Domination, by Pierre Bourdieu. American Journal of Sociology 107, no. 5 (March 2002): 1381-82.
Favorably assesses Bourdieu's Masculine Domination, labeling it a provocative and significant work.
Balfe, Judith Huggins. “Déjà Vu, All Over Again?” Contemporary Sociology 21, no. 2 (March 1992): 152-53.
Maintains that Bourdieu's The Love of Art was a groundbreaking work in its time.
Bogart, Leo. Review of Distinction, by Pierre Bourdieu. Public Opinion Quarterly (spring 1987): 131-34.
Critiques Bourdieu's Distinction, calling it “incisive and obscure.”
Boyne, Roy. “Pierre Bourdieu and the Question of the Subject.” French Cultural Studies 4, no. 12 (October 1993): 241-51.
Explores the role of ethics in Bourdieu's work.
Brubaker, Rogers. Review of Choses dites, by Pierre Bourdieu. Contemporary Sociology 18, no. 5 (September 1989): 783-84.
Notes that the English translation of Choses dites is a welcome addition to the field of Bourdieu studies in American intellectual circles.
Calhoun, Craig. “A Different Poststructuralism.” Contemporary Sociology 25, no. 3 (May 1996): 302-05.
Proposes that Bourdieu's work has helped produce a more scientifically grounded structuralism.
Collins, Randall. Review of Homo Academicus, by Pierre Bourdieu. American Journal of Sociology 95, no. 2 (September 1989): 460-63.
Provides a summary of Homo Academicus.
Danto, Arthur C. “Field Worker.” Bookforum (16 November 1996): 16, 32.
Argues that a main goal of Bourdieu's Rules of Art was to challenge Sartre's “scheme of free original choice.”
Fife, Gordon. Review of The Field of Cultural Production, by Pierre Bourdieu. British Journal of Sociology 45, no. 3 (September 1994): 514-15.
Commends Bourdieu for a collection of essays that help successfully transcend the divide between art and society.
Garnham, Nicholas. “Extended Review: Bourdieu's Distinction.” Sociological Review 34, no. 2 (May 1986): 423-33.
Cites Bourdieu's Distinction as a work that defines the role of power in the development of capitalist social formation, focusing on the way this phenomenon evolved in France.
Gartman, David. “Culture as Class Symbolization or Mass Reification? A Critique of Bourdieu's Distinction.” American Journal of Sociology 97, no. 2 (September 1991): 421-47.
Comparative study of Bourdieu's system of symbols and the Frankfurt school's theory of culture.
———. “Bourdieu's Theory of Cultural Change: Explication, Application, Critique.” Sociological Theory 20, no. 2 (July 2002): 255-77.
Presents Bourdieu's theory of cultural change as a powerful and comprehensive one, but notes that it lacks the ability to account for cultural hierarchies.
Heritage, John. Review of Language and Symbolic Power, by Pierre Bourdieu. American Anthropologist 95, no. 1 (March 1993): 213-14.
Categorizes the work as a significant contribution to the analysis of language and symbolism.
Holt, Douglas B. “Distinction in America? Recovering Bourdieu's Theory of Tastes from Its Critics.” Poetics 25, no. 1 (September 1997): 93-120.
Surveys North American literary activity in response to Bourdieu's Distinction.
Huhn, Tom. Review of The Field of Cultural Production, by Pierre Bourdieu. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 54, no. 1 (winter 1996): 88-90.
Provides an overview of Bourdieu's The Field of Cultural Production, describing it as an introduction to the writer's sociological theories.
Jenkins, Richard. “Language, Symbolic Power and Communication: Bourdieu's Homo Academicus.” Sociology 23, no. 4 (November 1989): 639-45.
Extended review of Bourdieu's Homo Academicus.
Lazarus, Neil. Review of The Political Ontology of Martin Heidegger, by Pierre Bourdieu. Sociological Review 40, no. 3 (August 1992): 599-604.
Describes Bourdieu's The Political Ontology of Martin Heidegger as a compelling analysis of Heidegger's philosophy.
Loesberg, Jonathan. “Bourdieu's Derrida's Kant: The Aesthetics of Refusing Aesthetics.” Modern Language Quarterly 58, no. 4 (December 1997): 417-36.
Comparative analysis of the sociological theories of Bourdieu, Immanuel Kant, and Jacques Derrida.
Maclean, Ian. “Bourdieu's Field of Cultural Production.” French Cultural Studies 4, no. 3 (October 1993): 283-89.
Finds Bourdieu's The Field of Cultural Production an indispensable work in the field.
McCleary, Dick. “Extended Review: Bourdieu's Choses dites.” Sociological Review 37, no. 2 (May 1989): 373-83.
States that although Choses dites is a reiteration of sociological theories explored in Bourdieu's previous works, it is nonetheless an important book because of the revised perspective Bourdieu provides.
McClemee, John. “Interview with Loïc Wacquant.” Chronicle of Higher Education 48, no. 22 (8 February 2002): A18.
Interview with Bourdieu's close colleague Wacquant, conducted shortly after Bourdieu's death.
Müller, Anne Friederike. “Sociology as a Combat Sport: Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002)—Admired and Reviled in France.” Anthropology Today 18, no. 2 (April 2002): 5-9.
Offers summaries of Bourdieu's major works and discusses his relationship with the French media and intellectual community.
Ostrower, Francie. “The Arts as Cultural Capital among Elites: Bourdieu's Theory Reconsidered.” Poetics 26, no. 1 (September 1998): 43-53.
Explains Bourdieu's theory of the role of arts in society, focusing on an American context.
Price, Sally. Review of The Love of Art, by Pierre Bourdieu. American Anthropologist 94, no. 3 (September 1992): 745-46.
Assesses The Love of Art, calling it an “irreverent” but seriously analytical study of European art.
Shirley, Dennis. “A Critical Review and Appropriation of Pierre Bourdieu's Analysis of Social and Cultural Reproduction.” Journal of Education 168, no. 2 (1986): 96-112.
Explication of key terminology in Bourdieu's work with the aim of making his thought more accessible to American academics.
Silverstein, Michael. Review of Language and Symbolic Power, by Pierre Bourdieu. American Ethnologist 20, no. 3 (August 1993): 648-49.
Discusses the major themes of Language and Symbolic Power.
Swartz, David. “Sociology as Conceptual Realpolitik.” Contemporary Sociology 21, no. 2 (March 1992): 154-55.
Asserts that In Other Words presents sociology as a tool that helps in the struggle against various forms of symbolic power.
Vandenberghe, Frédéric. “‘The Real Is Relational’: An Epistemological Analysis of Pierre Bourdieu's Generative Structuralism.” Sociological Theory 17, no. 1 (March 1999): 32-67.
Analyzes the relational logic that runs through Bourdieu's work.
Additional coverage of Bourdieu’s life and career is contained in the following sources published by Thomson Gale: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 130, 204; and Literature Resource Center.