Pierre Bourdieu: A Heroic Structuralism


Can one speak dispassionately today about Pierre Bourdieu? The extraordinary success of his work and its agonistic dimension makes things quite difficult. Jean-Louis Fabiani’s book is an attempt to apply Bourdieu’s analytical tools to his own work as he invited us in his reflexive sociology. Testing their limitations and their potential ambiguity allows the author to shed new light on the social genesis of his main concepts (field, habitus and capital) and on the complex relationship between science and politics. While the sociologist’s systemic ambition is never taken for granted, it remains possible to reveal its hidden grandeur.

Professor Jean-Louis Fabiani is the winner of the 2020 CEU Award for Outstanding Research
[Click here to read the interview with Professor Jean-Louis Fabiani on the occasion of receiving the award]

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Jean-Louis Fabiani teaches sociology at Central European University (Vienna). He received his Ph.D. from EHESS (Paris) under Pierre Bourdieu’s supervision. He has worked on historical sociology and on cultural objects. His more recent books are La sociologie comme elle s’écrit (2015) and Sociologie de la Corse (2018).

Jean-Louis Fabiani is the winner of the 2020 CEU Award for Outstanding Research, in recognition of his outstanding intellectual impact, exceptionally broad range of work up to the highest academic standards, great reputation as an international scholar, and for his important recent publications.


1 The Impossible Theory of Fields

2 The Habitus at the Risk of Cleavage

3 Capital and Its Species

4 The Methodological Inventiveness

5 Event, Structure and History

6 A Narrative for Two Audiences

7 From the Public Service to the Redefinition of Public Interest

8 From Suffering to Love

9 A Hero’s Life


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All interested in sociology and in intellectual history, but also in social theory and critical thinking.
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