Remembering B

New term, clean slate. Starting it off right, with a Bourdieu vs Goldthorpe showdown. Timely, to remember the French sociologist who was a big influence on the decision to pursue what I currently pursue. Next week, 23 January 2012, marks the 10th year since his passing. I remember the day when I was watching theContinue reading “Remembering B”

Collective Engagement

“Bourdieu was a fervent advocate of academic freedoms, but also an advocate of the political engagement of intellectua. He believed that ‘exporting’ academic authority into the political field, as well as listening to and responding to the ‘social demand’ for scientific knowledge, are inextricable parts of the life of the scientific community. But, he wentContinue reading “Collective Engagement”

The Weight of the World

To understand what happens in places like “projects” or “housing developments” as well as in certain kinds of schools, places which bring together people who have nothing in common and force them to live together, either in mutual ignorance and incomprehension or else in latent or open conflict – with all the suffering this entailsContinue reading “The Weight of the World”