Bourdieu's Theory of the State: A Critical Introduction by Steven Loyal

By Steven Loyal

This e-book severely examines Pierre Bourdieu's concept of the country through assessing its theoretical and empirical price. Steven dependable expertly situates Bourdieu's paintings in the context of either classical and glossy theories of the nation, supplying a entire body of reference. eventually, unswerving discusses Bourdieu's theoretical obstacles and initiatives how his thought of the kingdom could be used in the future.

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33 The professions to which members of the French assembly belonged contained few bourgeois entrepreneurs or proletarians but masses of jurists. The modern state advocate and modern democracy therefore ‘belong together’. In terms of their ‘true calling’, officials, unlike political leaders do not engage in politics or fight, but impartially administer. This process has led to the growth of a modern officialdom: a body of technically qualified, specialised, intellectual workers who had undergone long years of training and preparation for their role and who embodied a sense of honour prioritizing integrity.

84 Barnes, Barry. ‘Social Life as Bootstrapped Indiction’ Sociology 17. 1983, pp. 524–545; Barnes, Barry. The Nature of Power. Cambridge: Polity. 1988. 85 Bourdieu, Language, p. 128. 86 Ibid. , p. 135. 88 He further argues that the social sciences must take the acts of naming and the rites of institution through which they are accomplished as an object of study. This involves examining the role of words in constructing social reality – as acts of constitution, and the struggle over social classifications in constructing classes of individuals based on age, sex, social position, but also social groups including clans, tribes, ethnic groups, and nations.

Many modern writers including Mann,39 Poggi,40 Skocpol41 and Tilly42 have drawn sparingly upon Weber’s theory of the state as an organisational form. Here administrative, legal, extractive and coercive forms constitute core features of the state that operate in transnational contexts. 43 This is ‘an autonomous structure – a structure with a logic and interests of its own’.

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