The Anthropological Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu: Genesis, Concepts, Relevance

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The works of Pierre Bourdieu contribute to the establishment of a true sociology of culture and open prospects for the sociology of sport. A review of the genesis of this sociology shows that it has been constructed through breaks with French sociology’s way of approaching culture in the 1960s. The presentation of some of Bourdieu’s concepts is intended to show how they illuminate the social coherence of cultural behaviors and how the latter fit together. Finally, the paper emphasizes the relevance of such cultural analyses for those who study the social uses of the body, sport culture, or physical education.

Jacques Defrance is with the Centre de Recherches sur la Culture Sportive, Université de Paris XI-Orsay, 91405 Orsay, France.

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