Bourdieu and Passeron

BSA Bourdieu Study Group Event: Bourdieu and Passeron

On Monday 17 June 2013 the BSA Bourdieu Study Group held an event on the influences and differences of Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron following the launch of the English translation of Sociological Reasoning.


Bourdieu and 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.


The event undertook an initial examination of the co-authored works as well as studying 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 was broken up into a series of key note talks by Prof Derek Robbins (UEL) and Dr Simon Susen (City University) as well as a workshop. In the workshop participant discuss various texts and engage specifically with their differences in relation to social, cultural and educational reproduction. The aim was to give concrete examples of the various views of Bourdieu and Passeron about the nature of social science.

Dr Simon Susen

The event was held at the BSA meeting room in London and was well attended.


Due to the large amount of requests we had both from people attending as well as those unable to make the event we made an audio recordings of the sessions.


Session 1: Prof Derek Robbins gives the 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.  


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


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


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