Bourdieu in Question: New Directions in French Sociology of Art


In Bourdieu in Question: New Directions in French Sociology of Art, Jeffrey A. Halley and Daglind E. Sonolet offer to English-speaking audiences an account of the very lively Francophone debates over Pierre Bourdieu’s work in the domain of the arts and culture, and present other directions and perspectives taken by major French researchers who extend or differ from his point of view, and who were marginalized by the Bourdieusian moment.

Three generations of research are presented: contemporaries of Bourdieu, the next generation, and recent research. Themes include the art market and value, cultural politics, the reception of artworks, theory and the concept of the artwork, autonomy in art, ethnography and culture, and the critique of Bourdieu on literature.

Contributors are: Howard S. Becker, Martine Burgos, Marie Buscatto, Jean-Louis Fabiani, Laurent Fleury, Florent Gaudez, Jeffrey A. Halley, Nathalie Heinich, Yvon Lamy, Jacques Leenhardt, Cécile Léonardi, Clara Lévy, Pierre-Michel Menger, Raymonde Moulin, Jean-Claude Passeron, Emmanuel Pedler, Bruno Péquignot, Alain Quemin, Cherry Schrecker, Daglind E. Sonolet.
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Biographical Note

Jeffrey A. Halley, Ph.D. (1978), City University of New York, is Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas San Antonio. He has published on avant-gardes and Dada, art movements and organizations, Mexican American arts, music, theory, and Adorno.

Daglind E. Sonolet, Ph.D. (1977, 2000) Universities Paris-X and Paris-IV. She taught at the Universities of Leeds and Bordeaux, at UTSA, and Temple and has published on reading practice, philosophical and civic commitment, exile and identity in literature and art.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
List of Contributors

1 Introduction
Jeffrey A. Halley and Daglind E. Sonolet

Part 1: Bourdieu’s Contemporaries: Raymonde Moulin, Howard S. Becker, Jean-Claude Passeron, Jacques Leenhardt

2 The Museum and the Marketplace: The Constitution of Value in Contemporary Art
Raymonde Moulin
3 The Anglophone Reception of French Sociology: The Case of Bourdieu and Subsequent Scholarship
Howard S. Becker
4 The Time Devoted to Observing Each Work of Art
Jean-Claude Passeron and Emmanuel Pedler
5 What is Literature? Notes on The Rules of Art by Pierre Bourdieu
Jacques Leenhardt

Part 2: The Second Generation: Bruno Péquginot, Jean-Louis Fabiani, Pierre-Michel Menger, Nathalie Heinich, Martine Burgos, Yvon Lamy

6 The Issue of the Artwork: A Site under Construction in Pierre Bourdieu’s Theory
Bruno Péquignot
7 Theory and Practice in French Sociology after Pierre Bourdieu
Jean-Louis Fabiani
8 Inequalities in the Arts
Pierre-Michel Menger
9 Bourdieu’s Culture
Nathalie Heinich
10 Founding a Reading Group at a Library for the Young: The Story of Its Creation and Variations
Martine Burgos
11 On a Contemporary Principle of Public Classification: Heritage Conversion of Cultural Property
Yvon Lamy

Part 3: The Next Generation: Emmanuel Pedler, Florent Gaudez, Alain Quemin, Laurent Fleury, Marie Buscatto, Clara Lévy and Cherry Schrecker, Cécile Léonardi

12 Musical Understanding and Cultural Misunderstanding: The Concert as a Site of Symbolic Confrontation
Emmanuel Pedler
13 Empiricity and the Process of Production in Literature: The Text as the Field of Socio-Anthropological Investigation
Florent Gaudez
14 How International is “International” Contemporary Art? An Empirical Survey of the Globalization of High Culture
Alain Quemin
15 The Work of the Institution: The Democratization of Culture in the Light of the Legacy of the Théâtre National Populaire
Laurent Fleury
16 Trying to Get in, Getting in, Staying in: The Three Challenges for Women Jazz Musicians
Marie Buscatto
17 In What Way (or Not) is Bourdieu Useful to the Sociology of Literature?
Clara Lévy, and Cherry Schrecker
18 The Art of Self-Reflecting
Cécile Léonardi

Part 4: Editors’ Contributions

19 Mondo Vino : Rationalization, Resistance, and Taste in the Wine World
Jeffrey A. Halley
20 Literature and Modernity: Günther Anders, Hannah Arendt, and Theodor W. Adorno – Interpreters of Kafka
Daglind E. Sonolet

Index of Subjects
Index of Names


All interested in the sociology of art and culture, theory and cultural studies, and Bourdieu and recent French researchers on the topic.


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