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Over the last four decades, the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu produced one of the most imaginative and subtle bodies of social theory of the postwar era. When he died in 2002, he was considered to be a thinker on a par with Foucault, Barthes, and Lacan—a public intellectual as influential to his generation as Sartre was to his.

Science of Science and Reflexivity will be welcomed as a companion volume to Bourdieu's now seminal An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology. In this posthumous work, Bourdieu declares that science is in danger of becoming a handmaiden to biotechnology, medicine, genetic engineering, and military research—that it risks falling under the control of industrial corporations that seek to exploit it for monopolies and profit.

Science thus endangered can become detrimental to mankind. The line between pure and applied science, therefore, must be subjected to intense theoretical scrutiny. Bourdieu's goals in Science of Science and Reflexivity are to identify the social conditions in which science develops in order to reclaim its objectivity and to rescue it from relativism and the forces that might exploit it. In the grand tradition of scientific reflections on science, Bourdieu provides a sociological analysis of the discipline as something capable of producing transhistorical truths; he presents an incisive critique of the main currents in the study of science throughout the past half century; and he offers a spirited defense of science against encroaching political and economic forces.

A masterful summation of the principles underlying Bourdieu's oeuvre and a memoir of his own scientific journey, Science of Science and Reflexivity is a capstone to one of the most important and prodigious careers in the field of sociology.

Synopsis:

Over the last four decades, the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu produced one of the most imaginative and subtle bodies of social theory of the postwar era. When he died in 2002, he was considered to be a thinker on a par with Foucault, Barthes, and Lacana public intellectual as influential to his generation as Sartre was to his.

Science of Science and Reflexivity will be welcomed as a companion volume to Bourdieu's now seminal An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology. In this posthumous work, Bourdieu declares that science is in danger of becoming a handmaiden to biotechnology, medicine, genetic engineering, and military researchthat it risks falling under the control of industrial corporations that seek to exploit it for monopolies and profit.

Science thus endangered can become detrimental to mankind. The line between pure and applied science, therefore, must be subjected to intense theoretical scrutiny. Bourdieu's goals in Science of Science and Reflexivity are to identify the social conditions in which science develops in order to reclaim its objectivity and to rescue it from relativism and the forces that might exploit it. In the grand tradition of scientific reflections on science, Bourdieu provides a sociological analysis of the discipline as something capable of producing transhistorical truths; he presents an incisive critique of the main currents in the study of science throughout the past half century; and he offers a spirited defense of science against encroaching political and economic forces.

A masterful summation of the principles underlying Bourdieu's oeuvre and a memoir of his own scientific journey, Science of Science and Reflexivity is a capstone to one of the most important and prodigious careers in the field of sociology.

Synopsis:

A towering figure in sociology and social theory in general, and the late Pierre Bourdieu declares in this posthumous work that science is in danger of becoming a handmaiden to biotechnology, genetic engineering, military research, and corporate influence.

About the Author

Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) was professor of sociology at the Collège de France. He was the author or coauthor of more than twenty works, including Distinction, Homo Academicus, Pascalian Meditations, On Television, State Nobility, Acts of Resistance, and An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology, the last published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

I. The state of the question

1. An enchanted vision

2. Normal science and scientific revolution

3. The 'strong programme'

4. A well-kept open secret

II. A world apart

1. The 'craft' of the scientist

2. Autonomy and the conditions of entry

3. Scientific capital, its forms and distribution

4. A regulated struggle

5. History and truth

III. Why the social sciences must take themselves as their object

1. Objectivating the subject of objectivation

2. Sketch for a self-analysis

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226067384
Translator:
Nice, Richard
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Translator:
Nice, Richard
Author:
Bourdieu, Pierre
Author:
Nice, Richard
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Social sciences
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Science -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
12
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
10 x 6.25 in

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Over the last four decades, the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu produced one of the most imaginative and subtle bodies of social theory of the postwar era. When he died in 2002, he was considered to be a thinker on a par with Foucault, Barthes, and Lacana public intellectual as influential to his generation as Sartre was to his.

Science of Science and Reflexivity will be welcomed as a companion volume to Bourdieu's now seminal An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology. In this posthumous work, Bourdieu declares that science is in danger of becoming a handmaiden to biotechnology, medicine, genetic engineering, and military researchthat it risks falling under the control of industrial corporations that seek to exploit it for monopolies and profit.

Science thus endangered can become detrimental to mankind. The line between pure and applied science, therefore, must be subjected to intense theoretical scrutiny. Bourdieu's goals in Science of Science and Reflexivity are to identify the social conditions in which science develops in order to reclaim its objectivity and to rescue it from relativism and the forces that might exploit it. In the grand tradition of scientific reflections on science, Bourdieu provides a sociological analysis of the discipline as something capable of producing transhistorical truths; he presents an incisive critique of the main currents in the study of science throughout the past half century; and he offers a spirited defense of science against encroaching political and economic forces.

A masterful summation of the principles underlying Bourdieu's oeuvre and a memoir of his own scientific journey, Science of Science and Reflexivity is a capstone to one of the most important and prodigious careers in the field of sociology.

"Synopsis" by , A towering figure in sociology and social theory in general, and the late Pierre Bourdieu declares in this posthumous work that science is in danger of becoming a handmaiden to biotechnology, genetic engineering, military research, and corporate influence.

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