BSA Bourdieu Study Group Event: Bourdieu and Passeron

BSA Bourdieu Study Group Event: Bourdieu and Passeron


Monday 17 June 2013, BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London SW6 2PY


Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron co-authored many works together most noticeably The Inheritors (1964 [1979]) and Reproduction in Education, Society and Culture (1970, [1977]). The co-authorship of Bourdieu and Passeron undoubtedly was influenced by a common project within competing Western European traditions of philosophy of social science. Bourdieu and Passeron ceased to collaborate in about 1972. Bourdieu in the following thirty years until his death in 2002 enjoyed an international reputation.

Bourdieu and Passeron

The intention of this event is to carry out an initial examination of the co-authored works as well as study the recent production of Passeron’s translated Le Raisonnement Sociologique (1991) – Sociological Reasoning (2013). Sociological Reasoning highlights the differences between the approaches of Passeron and Bourdieu as well as exemplifies how Passeron distinguishes himself with the contention that there can be differences of intellectual and artistic production in spite of similarities of social trajectory (Robbins, 2013, p.18).

The event will be broken up into a series of key note talks by Prof Derek Robbins (UEL) and Dr Simon Susen (City University) as well as workshops. In the workshops participants will discuss various texts (given beforehand) and engage specifically with their differences in relation to social, cultural and educational reproduction. This will give concrete examples of the different views of Bourdieu and Passeron about the nature of social science.


11.00: Refreshments 11.30: Session 1: Prof Derek Robbins will give a background to the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron between 1960 and 1972, and background to the subsequent development of Jean-Claude Passeron’s work leading to Sociological Reasoning.

12.45 – 13.45: Lunch

13.45: Session 2: Dr Simon Susen on Bourdieu and Science illustrating the shared interest in epistemology and methodology between Passeron and Bourdieu.

15.00: Refreshments.

15.30: Session 3: Workshops on Pierre Bourdieu: “Cultural reproduction and social reproduction” (1973) and Jean-Claude Passeron: “Hegel, or the stowaway” (Chapter 4 of Sociological Reasoning). These workshops and discussions will be related to Bourdieu and Passeron’s: Reproduction in Education, Society, and Culture (1977).

17.15-17.30: Closing remarks

Delegate fees (Lunch & refreshments included):
BSA Members: £20.00, Non-members: £30.00
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