Beyond Bourdieu Workshop: Registration Open

Registration for the Beyond Bourdieu Workshop is now open! You can register here.

Please note that places are strictly limited and you are therefore advised to registrar as soon as possible if you would like to attend.


Book cover

The Bourdieu Study Group is pleased to announce it will be supporting the launch of Dr Will Atkinson’s forthcoming book: Beyond Bourdieu


Dr Will Atkinson, with opening remarks by Professor Gregor McLennan

All welcome.  Wine reception included

October 12th 2016
University of Bristol
Social Science Complex, Priory Road
Room 2D2


Will has also agreed to host a special workshop on the book’s themes for BSA Bourdieu study group members (max 20 people) beforehand (13.45-15.30).

The workshop will be fairly open to discussions of participant’s research, but Will would like you to focus on the following specifically in relation your research:

(i)                  the interaction between fields and relevant physical spaces/sites and networks

(ii)                the interplay of multiple fields in individual lives (i.e. your research participants), including family as a field

There would be a small workshop fee of £3.00. You can register here. The book launch is free and open to all with no registration required.

Book Description

Pierre Bourdieu is arguably the most influential sociologist of the twentieth century, especially since the once common criticisms of his determinism and reproductionism have receded. Now, however, his intellectual enterprise faces a new set of challenges unearthed by decades of sympathetic research: how to conceive the relationship between society and place, particularly in an increasingly global world; how to recognize the individual as a product of multiple forces and pressures; how to make sense of family relations and gender domination; and, ultimately, how to grasp how we each come to be the unique beings we are.
This book tackles these challenges head on, starting from the philosophical core of Bourdieu’s sociology and taking in hints and suggestions across his corpus, to propose a range of novel concepts and arguments. In the process it outlines a new way of looking at the world to complement Bourdieu’s own Ð one in which the focus is on the multiple social structures shaping individuals’ everyday lives, not the multiple individuals comprising a single social structure.

Table of Contents

•1. Introduction
•2. The Lifeworld
•3. The Field of Family Relations
•4. Social Becoming
•5. Gender
•Epilogue: Sketch of a Research Programme
Author Information
Will Atkinson is Lecturer in Social Research at the University of Bristol

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