Call for Member’s Publications 2016



The Bourdieu Study Group will be updating its publication list on this blog (

If you would like to add your Bourdieusian related publication to the list, you will need to become an official member by subscribing to the Bourdieu Study Group’s JISCMail list: BSA-BOURDIEU-STUDY-GROUP@JISCMAIL.AC.UK. Membership is free. We only update the list once a year after a call for ‘member’s publications’. If you miss the deadline you will need to wait for the next call.

If you are already a member, please check the Bourdieu Study Group JISCMail for details on the call.

The deadline for the call is Friday 30th September 2016





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

Programme: The contemporary relevance of the work of Pierre Bourdieu



The contemporary relevance of the work of Pierre Bourdieu

BSA Bourdieu Study Group’s Inaugural Biennial Conference 2016

Organised in association with the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

University of Bristol

4-6 July 2016

The Programme for this event is now available

Delegates’ book of abstracts is also available

Pierre Bourdieu has been one of the most influential sociologist of the second half of the 20th Century. His work, which has been translated into more than 24 languages, has had a significant impact on contemporary sociology internationally. Bourdieu’s importance shows no signs of decreasing as newer generations of sociologists unpack and expand his theoretical framework to a wide range of present-day sociological issues and case studies. Nonetheless, previous arguments repeatedly seem to resurface on whether Bourdieu’s ideas – developed over 50 years in a different era and the specific context of France – are empirically persuasive today.

From its establishment in 2012, the British Sociological Association’s (BSA) Bourdieu Study Group has sought to critically examine and extend the application of Bourdieusian social theory in contemporary research. This conference aims to further this endeavour by bringing together international researchers from different areas of inquiry and stages of career who are using Bourdieu. Through doing so, this two day event will highlight and pull together the various complementary ways in which Bourdieu’s intellectual heritage is being developed internationally.


Keynote Speakers: 


Professor Derek Robbins

Opening keynote: ‘Bourdieu and Heidegger: epistemology, ontology and social science’


Derek Robbins is Emeritus Professor of International Social Theory in the School of Social Sciences at the University of East London. He is the author  of The Work of Pierre Bourdieu (Open University Press, 1991), Bourdieu and Culture (Sage, 2000), On Bourdieu, Education and Society (Bardwell Press, 2006) and French Post-War Social Theory:  International Knowledge Transfer (Sage, 2011); the editor of two 4-volume collections of articles on Bourdieu in the Sage Masters of Contemporary Social Thought series (2000, 2005)) and of a 3-volume collection of articles on Lyotard in the same series (2004). He has also published many articles and book chapters on the work of Bourdieu. He edited and introduced Jean-Claude Passeron’s Sociological Reasoning, published by Bardwell Press in March, 2013. His most recent book is Cultural Relativism and International Politics, published by Sage in 2015. He is editing and contributing to the volume on Bourdieu in the Anthem Companions to Sociology series, scheduled for publication in 2016, and he is currently writing Bourdieu and Social constructionism (provisional title) for publication by Manchester University Press.


Professor Elizabeth Silva

Closing keynote



Elizabeth Silva is a Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University. She is also the Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance (CCIG). Elizabeth current research interests are in Sociology and Culture. These encompass (1) Social Connections and Social Divisions particularly those of gender and class and (2) the connections between the Material (objects / technologies) and Social Relations, particularly in the contemporary context of the home and family life, art objects and museums. Feminist theories have informed these interests. Research methodologies have been central to my concerns (qualitative approaches of focus groups, interviews, ethnographies and visual explorations, as well as quantitative survey methods. She also engages with exploration of how different approaches and cross cultural and cross national comparisons complement the creation and understanding of social ‘realities’.

Elizabeth is currently developing a project on ‘Exhibiting Social Change’ based on visual art engagements with the narratives of the Brazilian dictatorship violence and imagination for the future.


Discussant for the closing keynote

Dr Michaela Benson


Michaela Benson is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths. An ethnographer by training, she has a longstanding interest in the intersections of space, society and the individual and have contributed significantly to two fields of research (1) the sociology of migration and (2) class, identity, and belonging, with her unique expertise lying at the intersections of these fields. Michaela Benson is known for her research on privileged migration—in particular lifestyle migration—and processes and practices of middle-class formation; she maintains a longstanding commitment to theoretically-informed ethnography. She is the author of The British in Rural France (MUP, 2011), co-author of The Middle Classes and the City (Palgrave, 2015), and articles in journals including The Sociological Review, Sociology, Mobilities, Migration Studies and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Michaela Benson is currently deputy editor of The Sociological Review and associate editor of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.


Keynote Panel: Bourdieu in Educational Research:

Social Class, ‘Race’ and Ethnicity


Professor Gill Crozier


Gill Crozier is Professor of Education in the Department of Education, Roehampton University. She took up her post in December 2008 as Assistant Dean Research, having come from the University of Sunderland where she was also Professor of Education and Head of Research, in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning.

Gill Crozier is a Sociologist of Education and her work has focused on ‘race’ and its intersection with social class and gender. She has researched extensively issues relating to parents and schools, and young people, and is also concerned with education policy, and the socio-cultural influences upon identity formation and learner experiences. She is an active member of the international organisations the European Network About Parents and Education and USA John Hopkins University based School, Family and Community Partnerships: International Network of Scholars.

Gill Crozier is an experienced teacher both in school and Higher Education. She began her career as a secondary school English teacher, teacher of English as an Additional Language and advisory teacher on multicultural education. She worked in schools for twelve years prior to taking up her first academic post in Higher Education at Bristol Polytechnic (now the University of the West of England).

As a teacher in schools and then as an academic through her research, she has been active in social justice and equalities issues. She has developed a critique of discriminatory structures and organisation in the education system and discriminatory practices at classroom as well as policy level. She is committed to opening up access to Higher Education and other educational opportunities and supporting students to access opportunities within the organisation, as well as to the organisation.

Professor David James


David James is Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, and Director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-commissioned Wales Doctoral Training Centre. He is Chair of the Executive Editors of the British Journal of Sociology of Education, and an elected member of the Council of the British Educational Research Association.  His view is that failing a key examination at the age of 11 was the most significant educational event in his life, setting him firmly on a non-academic educational trajectory.  At the same time he thinks that the conventional ‘late developer’ explanation for his later academic success is nothing more than a convenient fiction and a refusal to see the world sociologically. In the late 1970s he left his day job (clerical work in local government) and his night job (musician) to become a mature student, gaining a first class degree in social sciences at Bristol University. He went on to teach sociology and psychology in Further Education colleges until the late 1980s, when he moved into higher education in the (then) Bristol Polytechnic.  He completed a part-time PhD in 1996. His research covers curriculum, learning and assessment in schools, further and higher education and the relationship between educational policy/practice and social inequality.  He has been responsible for many research projects and evaluations, including co-directing two ESRC-funded projects.  Books include Bourdieu and Education (1998, with Grenfell), The Creative Professional (1999, with Ashcroft), Improving Learning Cultures in FE (2007, with Biesta) and White Middle Class Identities and Urban Schooling (2011 & 2013, with Reay & Crozier). More of his work can be seen at or at


Professor Tariq Modood


Tariq Modood is Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy and the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol and the co-founder of the international journal, Ethnicities. He was awarded a MBE for services to social sciences and ethnic relations in 2001 and was elected a member of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) in 2004. He served on the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, the National Equality Panel, and the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life. His latest books include Multiculturalism: A Civic Idea (2nd ed; 2013); and as co-editor Multiculturalism Rethought (2015) and and Multiculturalism and Interculturalism: Debating the Dividing Lines (2016).

His website is

Tariq Modood is the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol and the co-founder of the international journal, Ethnicities. He was awarded a MBE for services to social sciences and ethnic relations in 2001 and was elected a member of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) in 2004. His latest books include Multiculturalism: A Civic Idea (2nd ed; 2013); and as co-editor Multiculturalism Rethought (2015) and and Multiculturalism and Interculturalism: Debating the Dividing Lines (2016). His website is

Dr Nicola Rollock


Dr Nicola Rollock is Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Race & Education at the University of Birmingham. She is interested in understanding race in British society and how racially minoritised groups navigate and survive racism. She is author of The Colour of Class: the educational strategies of the Black middle classes which documents how Black middle class families work to navigate their children successfully through the education system and Editor of a new journal – Whiteness & Education – which launched in April 2016. Dr Rollock is a passionate champion of race equality in higher education. She is a Patron of the Equality Challenge Unit’s Race Equality Charter and a member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Council.  She was recognized, in 2015, as a Woman of Achievement by the Women of the Year Council for her work on race equality.

Dr Derron Wallace



Derron Wallace is a sociologist of education, ‘race’ and ethnicity whose research focuses on inequalities and identities in urban schools and neighbourhoods. His current work examines the educational outcomes of working class and middle class Black immigrants in global cities like London and New York City. He is author of forthcoming pieces in Sociology, Critical Justice Review, and Culture, Society and Masculinities. His co-edited volume Masculinity and Aspiration in the Era of Neoliberal Education (Routledge) is slated to published later this year. A recent graduate of the University of Cambridge, Derron Wallace is an assistant professor of sociology, education and African diaspora studies at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, USA.


Keynote panel: Using Bourdieu to Understand Contemporary Social Class


Dr Will Atkinson


Will Atkinson has a broad interests in class inequalities and differences, whether in education, work, culture, politics or self-perception, as part of a larger general concern with systems of power and domination. He works closely with the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu in this regard, though with a phenomenological twist.

Will Atkinson is the author/editor of Class, Individualization and Late Modernity: In Search of the Reflexive Worker (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Class Inequality in Austerity Britain (with Steven Roberts and Mike Savage, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Class (Polity, 2015). He is currently working on two book projects, one reporting on research into the social class structure of 21st century Britain and how it’s experienced and reproduced (or not) in everyday family life, and another, fed by the research underpinning my first book, exploring the possibility of pushing Bourdieu’s ideas toward becoming a ‘relational phenomenology’.

Professor Diane Reay


Diane Reay is Professor of Education at Cambridge University. She is a sociologist working in the area of education but is also interested in broader issues of the relationship between the self and society, the affective and the material. Her priority has been to engage in research with a strong social justice agenda that addresses social inequalities of all kinds.

Her research has a strong theoretical focus and she is particularly interested in developing theorisations of social class and the ways in which it is mediated by gender and ethnicity. This has resulted in researching areas as diverse as boys’ underachievement, Black supplementary schooling, higher education access, female management in schools, and pupil peer group cultures.

Research projects include a study of children’s relationships to space and place in the city, a project on parental involvement in education and research which develops Pierre Bourdieu’s conceptual framework in order to understand gendered and racialised class processes. Recently completed ESRC-funded projects include ones on children’s transitions to secondary schooling , choice of higher education, and students’ identities and participation as learners. She is currently directing an ESRC project which examines white, middle class identities through an exploration of educational choice. Professor Reay has supervised PhD students across a wide range of areas including Jewish women teachers, psycho-analytic approaches to social class, pupil peer group cultures in primary schools and parental involvement in nurseries.

As well as being an executive editor of British Journal of Sociology of Education, she is on the editorial boards of  the Journal of Education Policy and Cultural Sociology.


Discussant: Professor Harriet Bradley


Harriet Bradley is a Professor of Women’s Employment in Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) University West of England (UWE). Before joining UWE she was Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol where she remains a Professor Emerita.  She also holds an Honary Professorship at Bath University and is an Honary Doctor at Karlstad University in Sweden.

Harriet’s research interests are broad and varied. She has a general interest in work and change and structures of inequality. She has written and researched on a variety of topics: women’s work in the labour market and the household; women and reproduction; gender and ethnicity in Trade Unions; young people’s life histories and employment; intersections of class, ethnicity and gender. She has held a number of grants from a variety of funders: ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, Joseph Rowntree Fund, ESF and the EOC.  Her current 2 projects are qualitiative studies of class inequalities, one focusing on families, the other on higher education.  She has a current strong interest in the impact of the recession on women and young people.


Keynote Panel: Bourdieu, Activism and Public Sociology

Dr Joseph Ibrahim


Joseph is a political sociologist who has research interests in social and political theory, political mobilisations, collective action and community values. His research to date has been focused on the political culture and dynamics of consensus and conflict within groups, and his areas of expertise straddle sociology and politics. He has recently completed projects on the application of social theory for understanding social movement dynamics, the politics of the alternative globalization movement, student politics and protests, and social movement emergence after the global financial crash.

Joseph has published widely in the areas of his expertise including a sole authored monograph, numerous peer reviewed (high impact and high quality) journal articles, and he has been the guest editor of two special issues of the journal Contention: The multidisciplinary journal of social protest. He currently sits on the editorial review board of the book series Transforming Capitalism: Rowman and Littlefield publishers. He has reviewed book proposals for Routledge publishers as well as numerous papers for a range of journals including Antipode, Contemporary Social Science, Contention, Social Movement Studies, and Policing and Society.


Dr Lisa Mckenzie   


Lisa Mckenzie is a research fellow in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics. Lisa is a researcher and an educator who is keen to develop research proposals, community collaborations and student projects focusing upon class inequality using a collaborative ethnographic approach. She is particularly interested in how research, teaching and community engagement can collaborate in paradigms of social justice through the use of higher education, and innovative research methodology.

Lisa Mckenzie’s most recent research has focused upon ‘masculinity and belonging within poor neighbourhoods’. An extension of the research from my PhD, an ethnographic study of the St Ann’s council housing estate in Nottingham focusing upon white mothers to mixed race children. Consequently my scholarly interests range widely, the theoretical influence within the PhD and the later research on masculinity was the work of Pierre Bourdieu, with particular influence relating to symbolic violence, capital exchange, and power relationships within neo-liberal structures.

Lisa Mckenzie’s research interests are the continuation and development of research proposals focusing upon class inequality and council estates within the UK. This especially relates to those communities who are presently living through a period of adversity, as the consequences of the UK’s austerity measures have major impacts upon public services, housing and welfare entitlements.


Workshop Leaders

Dr Ciaran Burke


Workshop leader for The social space: fields (co-led with Dr Will Atkinson)

Dr. Ciaran Burke is a co-founder and co-convenor of BSA Bourdieu Study Group.  He is a lecturer in Sociology at Plymouth University and author of Culture, Capitals and Graduate Futures: degrees of class.  His research interests apply Bourdieusian social theory to a number of aspects within labour studies including: graduate employment transitions, critical organization studies, labour market inequalities and employability provision within higher education.

Dr Sam Friedman

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Workshop leader for Taste, culture, and distinction (co-led with Dr Daniel Laurison)

Sam Friedman is Assistant Professor in Sociology at the London School of Economics. He has written widely on class and culture and is the author of Comedy and Distinction: The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour (Routledge, 2014). His current research, funded by an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant, examines social mobility into Britain’s elite occupations. The most recent article to emerge from this work, forthcoming in the American Sociological Review (with Daniel Laurison), demonstrates that those from working-class backgrounds face a powerful and previously unrecognised ‘class pay gap’  within higher professional and managerial occupations.

Dr Nicola Ingram


Workshop leader for Bourdieu’s philosophy of action: habitus (co-led with Prof Diane Reay) and Bourdieu and Feminism (co-led with  Prof Elizabeth Silva and Dr Michaela Benson)

Nicola Ingram is a lecturer in Social Justice and Education at Lancaster University, before which she was a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bath. She is co-investigator of the Paired Pairs project. Nicola’s interests are in classed and gendered inequalities in education and she has published widely in this area. In particular her work utilizes and develops Bourdieusian theory in order to analyse and understand processes of inequality. She is co-convenor of the British Sociological Association’s (BSA) Bourdieu Study Group and BSA Education Study Group. Her recent co-edited book brings together her interest in social inequalities and Bourdieusian theory:

Thatcher, J., Ingram, N., Burke, C., and Abraham, J. (2016) Bourdieu: the next generation. The development of Bourdieu’s intellectual heritage in contemporary UK sociology (in BSA Sociological Futures series, published by Routledge).

Dr Daniel Laurison


Workshop leader for How to interpret a multiple correspondence analysis (co-led with Dr Will Atkinson) and Taste, culture, and distinction workshop (co-led with Dr Sam Friedman) 

Daniel Laurison is a post-doctoral research fellow in Sociology at the London School of Economics. He studies class, culture, and politics in various combinations, and is especially interested in the relationship between social position and how people see and understand the world around them and how that facilitates the reproduction of social inequality. He is a co-author of the recent book Class in the 21st Century and has published or forthcoming articles in Sociological Forum, Sociological Review, and American Sociological Review. Starting in Autumn 2016, he will be an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Swarthmore College, in the United States.

Professor Gregor McLennan


Workshop leader for Bourdieu’s epistemology and the principle of reflexivity (co-led with Prof Derek Robbins)

Gregor McLennan is Professor of Sociology and Head of the school of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol. He is the author of Marxism and the Methodologies of History; Marxism Pluralism and Beyond; Pluralism; Sociological Cultural Studies: Reflexivity and Positivity in the Human Sciences; and Story of Sociology. Gregor’s recent articles have been on the challenges posed to critical sociology by postcolonialism and postsecularism, and he is currently writing on the late Stuart Hall as an intellectual mediator. Gregor teaches courses on social theory and philosophies of the social sciences.



Delegates have a choice of two workshops. Workshops include:

Workshop 1:

Bourdieu’s epistemology and the principle of reflexivity

(Prof D Robbins and Prof G McLennan)

Workshop 2

Bourdieu’s philosophy of action:


(Professor Diane Reay and Dr Nicola Ingram)

Workshop 3

The social space: fields

(Dr Will Atkinson, and Dr Ciaran Burke)

Workshop 4

How to interpret a multiple correspondence analysis

(Dr W Atkinson and Dr D Laurison)

Workshop 5

Bourdieu and public sociology

(Dr L McKenzie and Dr J Ibrahim)

Workshop 6

Taste, culture, and distinction

(Dr S Friedman and Dr D Laurison)

Workshop 7

Bourdieu and Feminism

(Prof Elizabeth Silva, Dr Michael Benson and Dr Nicola Ingram)

Workshop 8

Using Bourdieu in Educational Research

(Prof H Bradley and Prof G Crozier)



The following will be provided for all participants: Refreshments and lunch during the conference; an evening meal on Monday 4th July and the second night of Tuesday 5th July.

BSA Concessionary Member Registration £220.00
BSA Member Full Conference Registration £260.00
Non-Member Full Conference Registration £290.00


To register please click here


Useful Information

The organisers cannot pay for participants’ travel and accommodation.

The Bourdieu Study Group cannot be held responsible for unforeseen circumstances that change the advertised programme.


Please join the BSA Bourdieu Study Group at the BSA Annual Conference 2016 in launching its book:

Bourdieu: The Next Generation

The Development of Bourdieu’s Intellectual Heritage in Contemporary UK Sociology

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Bourdieu: The Next Generation: The Development of Bourdieu’s Intellectual Heritage in Contemporary UK Sociology edited by Jenny Thatcher, Nicola Ingram, Ciaran Burke, Jessie Abrahams was recently reviewed by Laurie Taylor for Times Higher Education.

Thursday 7 April 2016

19:15 – 20:15 Courtyard Restaurant, Conference Centre

Poster Prize Presentation

A prize will be awarded for the poster which best communicates its aims, methods, findings and conclusions. Please vote and join us for the presentation of the award!


Sociological Futures Book Series Launch

The BSA and Routledge are very pleased to announce the publication of the first three books of our Sociological Futures book series. This series marks a substantial return to monograph book publishing for the BSA. These three volumes epitomise the aims of the series to publish new and innovative theories, methods and approaches to sociological issues and debates and ‘the social’ in the 21st century.

An End to the Crisis of Empirical Sociology? Trends and Challenges in Social Research edited by Linda McKie and Louise Ryan. Research data are everywhere. In our everyday interactions, through social media, credit cards and even public transport, we generate and use data. The challenge for sociologists is how to collect, analyse and make best use of these vast arrays of information.

Drinking Dilemmas: Space, culture and identity edited by Thomas Thurnell-Read. Drinking and drunkenness have become a focal point for political and media debates to contest notions of responsibility, discipline and risk; yet, at the same time, academic studies have highlighted the positive aspects of drinking in relation to sociability, belonging and identity. These issues are at the heart of this volume, which brings together the work of academics and researchers exploring social and cultural aspects of contemporary drinking practices.

Bourdieu: The Next Generation: The Development of Bourdieu’s Intellectual Heritage in Contemporary UK Sociology edited by Jenny Thatcher, Nicola Ingram, Ciaran Burke, Jessie Abrahams. Throughout Bourdieu’s career, he argued that sociologists need to create an epistemological break, to abandon our common sense – or as much as we can – and to formulate findings from our results. This book gives unique insight into how a new generation of Bourdieusian researchers apply Bourdieu to contemporary issues, providing discussion of the working mechanisms of thinking through and/or with Bourdieu when analysing data. In essence, we are putting Bourdieu to work to provide a structural constructivist approach to social reality anchored through empirical reflexivity.

Browse the books, hear from the Editors and share a glass of wine and cupcakes in celebration of these books and the series!

If you are interested in seeing your volume among the series, speak to the Series Editors about a proposal.

All three titles will be available at a discount for all conference delegates at the Routledge stand.

Series Editors:Professor Eileen Green, Teesside University, Professor John Horne, University of Central Lancashire, Dr Caroline Oliver, University of Oxford, Professor Louise Ryan, Middlesex University.


Publishers’ Reception

Wine and non-alcoholic drinks will be available to delegates while you browse the exhibitions.

Everyone welcome.



BSA Bourdieu Study Group Event and Book Launch: Bourdieu: The Next Generation

Bourdieu: The Next Generation

The Development of Bourdieu’s Intellectual Heritage in Contemporary UK Sociology

14th January 2016 (4pm – 7pm)

Cardiff University

Council Chamber, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WT

This event has been generously supported by Cardiff
University School of Social Sciences, The Postgrad
Café and the Education Research Group

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Book Editors and Chapter Contributors: Jenny Thatcher, Nicola Ingram, Ciaran Burke and Jessie Abrahams
Chapter Contributors: Lisa Mckenzie, Kirsty Morrin
Discussant: David James

Pierre Bourdieu, having experienced social mobility in his life, describes his trajectory as ‘an ascension to a place where I don’t belong’ (Bourdieu, 1992:117). Many people are drawn to Bourdieu’s work and moved deeply by the connection they feel between his theories and their own experiences, as is the case for many of the authors of this book. This event is a celebration of our book’s journey, but also a discussion and celebration of some of the author’s own personal journeys with Bourdieu both in their work and personal lives. Contributors from the book will be speaking about their chapters which cover issues of class and racial inequality in education and society and also issues of reflexivity in research. Through this we explore how Bourdieu’s tools can help us to uncover and understand contemporary forms of inequality whilst also exploring some theoretical developments the authors have made to his work.



4pm – 4:15pm: Welcome and Introduction (Jessie Abrahams)

4:15pm- 4:30pm: Chapter 10- Stepping outside of oneself: how a cleft-habitus can lead to greater reflexivity through occupying “the third space”, Nicola Ingram (Lancaster University) and Jessie Abrahams (Cardiff University)

4:30pm – 4:45pm: Chapter 9- Unresolved reflections: Bourdieu, haunting and struggling with ghosts Kirsty Morrin (University of Manchester)

4:45pm – 5:00pm: Q&A for Nicola Ingram, Jessie Abrahams and Kirsty Morrin

5:00pm- 5:15pm: Comfort Break

5:15pm – 5:30pm: Chapter 2- Bourdieu’s theory of practice: maintaining the role of capital, Ciaran Burke (Plymouth University)

5:30pm – 5:45pm: Chapter 3- Narrative, ethnography and class inequality: taking Bourdieu into a British council estate, Lisa McKenzie (London School of Economics)

5:45pm-6:00pm: Q&A with Ciaran Burke and Lisa Mckenzie

6:00pm – 6:15pm: Comments from Professor David James (including Q&A)

6:15pm- 6:30pm: Concluding Remarks (Editors)

6:30pm – 7:00pm: Wine Reception


The event is free to attend. Registration is necessary. To register click here


For further info contact: or (0191) 383 0839. For academic queries contact: Jessie Abrahams: More info about the BSA Bourdieu Study Group

CALL FOR PAPERS: The contemporary relevance of the work of Pierre Bourdieu

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BSA Bourdieu Study Group’s Inaugural Biennial Conference 2016:

The contemporary relevance of the work of Pierre Bourdieu

Organised in association with the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

4-6 July, 2016,

University of Bristol

Keynote Speakers/Panellists:

Dr Will Atkinson (University of Bristol), Professor Gill Crozier (University of Roehampton), Professor David James (Cardiff University), Dr Joseph Ibrahim (Leeds Beckett University), Dr Lisa McKenzie (London School of Economics), Professor Tariq Modood (University of Bristol), Professor Diane Reay (Cambridge University), Professor Derek Robbins (University of East London), Dr Nicola Rollock (University of Birmingham), Professor Mike Savage (London School of Economics), Prof Elizabeth Silva (The Open University)

Workshop Coordinators and Discussants:

Dr Will Atkinson, Dr Michaela Benson,  Professor Harriet Bradley, Dr Ciaran Burke  Professor Gill Crozier, Dr Sam Friedman, Professor David James, Dr Joseph Ibrahim, Dr Nicola Ingram, Dr Daniel Laurison, Dr Lisa McKenzieProfessor Gregor McLennanProfessor Diane Reay, Professor Derek Robbins, Prof Elizabeth Silva

All delegates will be able to attend two workshops and have eight to choice from:

Workshop 1: Bourdieu’s epistemology and the principle of reflexivity

Workshop 2: Bourdieu’s philosophy of action: habitus

Workshop 3: The social space: fields

Workshop 4: How to interpret a multiple correspondence analysis

Workshop 5: Bourdieu and public sociology

Workshop 6: Taste, culture, and distinction

Workshop 7: Bourdieu and Feminism

Workshop 8: Using Bourdieu in educational research


Pierre Bourdieu has been one of the most influential sociologists of the second half of the 20th Century. His work, which has been translated into more than 24 languages, has had a significant impact on contemporary sociology internationally. Bourdieu’s importance shows no signs of decreasing as newer generations of sociologists unpack and expand his theoretical framework to a wide range of present-day sociological issues and case studies. Nonetheless, previous arguments repeatedly seem to resurface on whether Bourdieu’s ideas – developed over 50 years ago in a different era and the specific context of France – are empirically persuasive today.

From its establishment in 2012, the British Sociological Association’s (BSA) Bourdieu Study Group has sought to critically examine and extend the application of Bourdieusian social theory in contemporary research. This conference aims to further this endeavour by bringing together international researchers from different areas of inquiry and stages of career who are using Bourdieu. Through doing so, this three day event will highlight and pull together the various complementary ways in which Bourdieu’s intellectual heritage is being developed internationally.

Call for papers (This is Now Closed)

We welcome symposiums and individual papers relating to the below theoretical, methodological, and empirical themes of Bourdieu, including:

  • The Continuing Importance of Bourdieu – why is he relevant/necessary?
  • Bourdieu and Politics/Social justice and Equality/Public Sociology
  • Bourdieu and Methodology
  • Bourdieu and Education
  • Bourdieu, “Race”, Ethnicity and Migration
  • Bourdieu and “Gender”
  • Bourdieu: “Place and Space”
  • Bourdieu: Culture, Taste and Distinction
  • Transformation of Habitus/Habitus Fluidity

A maximum of 75 papers will be accepted for presentation in parallel sessions and a Maximum of 20 posters abstracts will be accepted.

Steps to follow to participate:

1) Submission of abstracts deadline: Wednesday 30th December 2015

Please submit you abstracts through the BSA website Here

The committee will make a selection of participants based on the quality and relevance of the submitted abstracts. Abstracts’ length should be no more than 250 words and should include a title and 3 keywords. Please provide a short biography (50-100 words) in the section marked research. Ensure that you choose a mode of presentation, either oral or poster and select a preferred stream.

2) Announcement of selected abstracts: February 2016

3) Online registration opens for accepted papers: February 2016

4) Registration for accepted papers closes: March 4th 2016

5) Registration opens for all delegates: March 7th 2016


Useful Information

The organisers cannot pay for participants’ travel and accommodation. The following will be provided for all participants: Refreshments and lunch during the conference; an evening meal on the first and second night of the conference.

Cancellations received up to and including 30 March 2016 will incur an administration fee of £50.

The Bourdieu Study Group cannot be held responsible for unforeseen circumstances that change the advertised programme.

Important information

Registration price will be released soon. Prices will be in line with other large-scale academic conferences. There will be no single day rate, as delegates are expected to attend the whole three days of the event.

There will be a limited number of attendance only spaces. Registration for these places will be open soon at: Please note, that registering early will not secure you a presentation place, but that once the attendee only places are fully booked, places will only be open for accepted abstracts. Should you want to attend the event even if your abstract is unsuccessful, you are advised to book as soon as possible. 



Recent & Updated Publications by Study Group Members

Books and Articles

Allington, D. (2011a) ‘Distinction, intentions, and the consumption of fiction: negotiating cultural legitimacy in a gay reading group’. European Journal of Cultural Studies 14 (3): 129-145. Available here

Allington, D. (2011b) ‘ “It actually painted a picture of the village and the sea and the bottom of the sea”: reading groups, cultural legitimacy, and description in narrative (with particular reference to John Steinbeck’s The Pearl)’. Language and Literature 20 (4) Available here

Allington, D. (2012) ‘Private experience, textual analysis, and institutional authority: the discursive practice of critical interpretation and its enactment in literary training’. Language and Literature 21 (2): 211-225. Available here

Allington, D. (2014) ‘Kiran Desai’s The inheritance of loss and the troubled symbolic production of a Man Booker prizewinner’. In: Dwivedi, O.P. and Lau, L. (eds.) Indian Writing in English and the global literary
marketplace. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 119-139. Available here


Allington, D. (online first, 2015) ‘Linguistic Capital and Development Capital in a Network of Cultural Producers: Mutually Valuing Peer Groups in the “Interactive Fiction” Retrogaming Scene’. Cultural Sociology Available here

Atkinson, W. (2015) Class. Cambridge: Polity Press Available here

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Burke, C. (2015) “Graduate Blues: considering the effects of inverted symbolic violence on underemployed middle class graduates”, Sociology (available online first) Available here

Burke, C. (2015) Culture, Capitals and Graduate Futures: Degrees of class. London: Routledge.  Available here

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Burke, C. (2015) “Habitus and Graduate Employment: a re/structured structure and the role of biographical research”, In: Costa, C. and Murphy, M. The Art of Application: Bourdieu, Habitus and Social Research. London: Palgrave. Available here


Burton, Sarah. (2015) ‘The Monstrous “White Theory Boy”: Symbolic Capital, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Knowledge’, Sociological Research Online, Volume 20, (3) 14. Available here

Curran, Dean (2015) ‘Risk Illusion and Organized Irresponsibility in Contemporary Finance: Rethinking Class and Risk Society’. Economy and Society 44(3): 392-417. Available here

Friedman, S. 2014. Comedy and Distinction: The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour’. Routledge.  Published in paperback on September 15 2015 – Available here

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Friedman, S. 2015. ‘Habitus Clivé and the Emotional Imprint of Social Mobility’, Sociological Review  early view available here

Friedman, S., Laurison, D., Miles, A. 2015. ‘Breaking the ‘Class’ Ceiling? Social Mobility into Britain’s Elite Occupations’, Sociological Review, 63 (2) 259-290 Available here

Fowler, Bridget. The alienated reader: women and romantic literature in the twentieth century. Sussex: Harvester/Wheatsheaf, 1991. Available here

Fowler, Bridget. “The hegemonic work of art in the age of electronic reproduction:An assessment of Pierre Bourdieu.” Theory, Culture & Society 11.1 (1994): 129-154. Available here

Fowler, Bridget “An introduction to Pierre Bourdieu’s ‘Understanding'”, Theory, Culture and Society, 13.2 (1996): 1-16. Available here

Fowler, Bridget. “A sociological analysis of the Satanic Verses affair.” Theory, Culture & Society 17.1 (2000): 39-61. Available here

Fowler, Bridget (2003) Pierre Bourdieu pp 48-53 in C. Murray (ed) Key Writers on Art: The Twentieth Century, London: Routledge. Available here


Fowler, Bridget (2014) Figures of Descent from Classical Sociology: Luc Boltanski in eds Simon Susen and Bryan S. Turner, The Spirit of Luc Boltanski: Essays in the Pragmatic Sociology of Critique, London: Anthem. Available here

Gamsu, S. 2015. Moving up and moving out: The re-location of elite and middle-class schools from central London to the suburbs. Urban Studies. Online First (Pre-print). pp. 1-18. Available here

Harding, S. (2014) The Street Casino: survival in the violent street gang, Bristol: The Policy Press

Harding, S. (2012), ‘Street Government: the role of the Urban Street Gang in the London Riots’, in The English Riots of 2011: A Summer of Discontent (edited by Daniel Briggs, Waterside Press: Hook, Hampshire pp 193 – 215

Harding, S.  (2012)  A Reputational Extravaganza? The role of the urban street gang in the riots in London, Criminal Justice Matters, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, no 87, March 2012.

He, N 2014, Chinese Criminal Trials: A Comprehensive Empirical Inquiry, Springer, New York. Available here

Huc-Hepher, S. (2015). Big Web data, small focus: An ethnosemiotic approach to culturally themed selective Web archiving. Big Data & Society, July-December 2015:1-15. Available here

Ibrahim, J. (2015) Bourdieu and Social Movements: Ideological Struggles in the British Anti-Capitalist Movement. Palgrave Macmillan Available here


James, D. (2015) ‘How Bourdieu Bites Back: Recognising misrecognition in education and educational research’, Cambridge Journal of Education 45 (1) Available here (OPEN ACCESS)

McDonald, R. (2014) ‘Bourdieu’, medical elites and ‘social class’: a qualitative study of ‘desert island’ doctors, Sociology of Health and Illness, 36:902-916. Available here

McGovern P., Nazroo J. (2015) Patterns and causes of health inequalities in later life: a Bourdieusian analysis Sociology of Health & Illness DOI 10.1111/1467-9566.12187

McGovern P. (2015) Museums are good for the health! CMIst News, Spring

McGovern P., (2015) Path analysis for people who hate statistics! Radical Statistics 112, ISSN 0268 6376

McGovern P. (2014) Path analysis: Quantitative research into health inequalities Sociology Review, 23(4), ISBN 978-1-4441-9927-7

Pasquetti, S. (2015). “Subordination and Dispositions: Palestinians’ Differing Sense of Injustice, Politics, and Morality”. Theory and Society, 44, 1, pp 1-31. Available here

Pasquetti, S. (2013). “Legal Emotions: An Ethnography of Distrust and Fear in the Arab Districts of an Israeli City.” Law & Society Review, 47, 3, 461-492. Available here

SAMALUK, B (2015) Change and Inertia in (re)Formartion and Commodification of Migrant Workers’ Subjectivities: An Intersectional Analysis across Spatial and Temporal Dimensions. In TATLI, A., ÖZBILGIN, M. and KARATAS-ÖZKAN, M. (eds.) Pierre Bourdieu, Organization and Management. London: Routledge Available here

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SAMALUK, B (2015) Migrant workers’ engagement with labour market intermediaries in Europe: symbolic power guiding transnational exchange, Work, employment and society, published online September 16 Available here

Shammas, V. L. and Sandberg, S. (forthcoming) ‘Habitus, capital, and conflict: Bringing Bourdieusian field theory to criminology’ Criminology & Criminal Justice. DOI: 10.1177/1748895815603774. Available here

Stahl, G. 2014, “The affront of the aspiration agenda: white working-class male narratives of ‘ordinariness’ in neoliberal times” Masculinity and Social Change.  3(2). 88-118 Available here

Stahl, G. 2014, “White working-class male narratives of ‘loyalty to self’ and egalitariansim, challenging the neoliberal aspiration rhetoric” British Journal of Sociology in Education. 36(2). 1-21 Available here

Stahl, G. 2012, ‘Aspiration and Good Life among White Working-Class Boys in London’ Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research. 7(1). 8-19.Available here

Stahl, G., Dale, P. 2015, ‘DJ and MC Habitus and ‘Skillz’ in Peer-led Learning Cultures’ in Burnard, P., Hofvander Trulsson, Y. and Soderman, J. (Eds) Bourdieu and the Sociology of Music, Music Education and Research.  pp. Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate. Available here

Stahl, G. 2015, ‘Egalitarian Habitus: Narratives of Reconstruction in Discourses of Aspiration and Change’ in Murphy, M., Costa, C. (Eds) The Art of Application: Bourdieu, Habitus and Social Research. Palgrave Macmillan, New York Available here

Stahl, G. 2015, Identity, Neoliberalism and Aspiration: Educating White Working-Class Boys. Routledge, London. Available here

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Susen, Simon (2015) The ‘Postmodern Turn’ in the Social Sciences, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 522 pp Available here


Susen, Simon (2015) ‘Une réconciliation entre Pierre Bourdieu et Luc Boltanski est-elle possible ? Pour un dialogue entre la sociologie critique et la sociologie pragmatique de la critique’, in Bruno Frère (ed.) Le tournant de la théorie critique, Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, pp. 151-186. Available here

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Susen, Simon (2015) ‘Boltanski, Luc (1940-)’, in James D. Wright (ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Volume 2, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 747-754. Available here

Susen, Simon (2015) ‘Emancipation’, in Michael T. Gibbons, Diana Coole, Elisabeth Ellis, and Kennan Ferguson (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Volume 3, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 1024-1038. Available here

Valassi, D. (2012), ‘Elite private secondary education in Greece: Class strategies and educational advantages’, Kultura i Edukacjia 6 (92): 21 – 41 Available here

Varriale, S. (2015) Cultural production and the morality of markets: popular music critics and the conversion of economic power into symbolic capital, Poetics, 51: 1-16. Available here

Varriale, S. (2015) Beyond distinction: theorising cultural evaluation as a social encounter, Cultural Sociology (OnlineFirst). Available here

Vincent, C., Rollock, N., Gillborn, D., and Ball, S. (2012) Being strategic, being watchful, being determined: Black Middle Class parents and schooling, British Journal of Sociology of Education 33, 3: 337-354 Available here

Vincent, C., Rollock, N., Ball, S. & Gillborn, D.  (2012) Intersectional work and precarious positionings: Black middle-class parents and their encounters with schools in England, International Studies in Sociology of Education, 22:3, Available here

Vincent, C., Rollock, N., Ball, S. & Gillborn, D.  (2012) Raising Middle-class Black Children: Parenting Priorities, Actions and Strategies, Sociology, 47, 3: Available here

Vincent, C. & Maxwell, C. (2015) Parenting priorities and pressures: Furthering understanding of ‘concerted cultivation’ Discourse: Cultural Politics in Education (published on line March 2015) Available here

Wagner, B. and McLaughlin, K. (2015) ‘Politicising the psychology of social class: The relevance of Pierre Bourdieu’s habitus for psychological research.’ Theory & Psychology, 25(2) pp. 202-221. Available here

WRIGHT, S. 2015. Medical school personal statements: a measure of motivation or proxy for cultural privilege? Advances in Health Sciences Education, 20, 627-643. Available here

Members’ PhD Thesis

Bull, A., 2015. The musical body: how gender and class are reproduced among young people playing classical music in England. Goldsmiths, University of London. The study is available here

Cooper, L., 2014. Extended mothering: maternal influences in daughters’ higher education. Phd thesis. Anglia Ruskin University, Essex. Available here

Harding, S. (2012) The Role and Significance of Street Capital in the Social Field of the Violent Youth Gang in south London.   Doctoral Thesis for University of Bedfordshire

McGovern, Pauline (2011) Dimensions of Power: A Bourdieusian Approach to Control and Influence in the Voluntary Sector. PhD thesis. University of Salford. [Not available online]

Varriale, S. (2014) Cosmopolitan expertise: music, media and cultural identities in Italy. PhD thesis, University of Warwick (UK). Available here

Wayne Peter Dirk. July 2013. Constructing and Transforming the Curriculum for Higher education: A South African Case. Study. PhD thesis. Department of Sociology. University of South Africa.The study is available here: