Neither Capital, Nor Class
A Critical Analysis Of Pierre Bourdieu's Theoretical Framework
by Jacek Tittenbrun (University of Poznan, Poland)
The book offers an in-depth examination of Pierre Bourdieu's theoretical framework. The book is not just a collection of more or less critical remarks but constitutes a coherent whole, as being underpinned by an original analytical framework developed by the author. This conceptual apparatus makes it possible to present some alternative solutions to the theoretical problems under consideration.
The book goes largely against the grain of views that are dominant in the literature on Bourdieu. Therefore, its conclusions may be surprising to many a reader. The book demonstrates that Bourdieu's well-known theory of 'capital' forms is untenable, resembling more an illegitimate metaphor rather than a scientific concept. In a similar vein, the Bourdesian class theory should be largely regarded as a variant of social stratification rather than class. There are many theoretical and empirical problems with his theory of social and cultural reproduction as well. There is more to the above criticisms than meets the eye. The point is that many weaknesses of Bourdieu's style of theorising seem to stem from his intellectual dependence upon structuralism, especially in Claude Lévi-Strauss' version. It is this affinity that accounts for such features of Bourdieu's approach as its essentialism, formalism and epistemic idealism. The book will be of interest primarily to Bourdieu's
CHAPTER 1. THE DISCRETE CHARM OF CAPITAL OR THE PPITFALLS OF HIERARCHY
1.1. CONCEPTS OF CAPITAL IN PIERRE BOURDIEU'S THEORY
1.2. CLASS-DEPENDENT FACTORS
1.3. THE PROBLEM OF DISTINCTION
1.4. IS SOCIAL CAPITAL REALLY SOCIAL?
1.5. THE PROBLEM OF ESSENTIALISM
1.6. THE PROBLEM OF PHYSICALISM
1.7. CULTURAL CAPITAL AND CLASS
1.8. THE PROBLEM OF SOCIAL CAPITAL
1.9. THE PROBLEM OF THE STATE
1.10. THE PROBLEM OF CLASS
CHAPTER 2. FRENCH STRUCTURALISM OR THE PROBLEM OF FORMALISM
CHAPTER3. ECONOMIC IMPERIALISM IN THE EYES OF ECONOMISTS
3.1. CAPITAL AND OWNERSHIP
3.1.1. A RENT-BASED NOTION OF OWNERSHIP
CHAPTER 4. 'CAPITAL' AND 'CLASS'
4.1. THE PROBLEM OF REPRODUCTION THEORY
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jacek Tittenbrun is a full professor at the Institute of Sociology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. His research experience includes a research project on social exclusion funded by the European Social Fund. His numerous publications centre around, but are not limited to such fields as economic sociology and social class.