It is no overstatement to say that Pierre Bourdieu is one the most influential social-scientific thinkers of the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st. Terms designed by him – ‘habitus,’ ‘field,’ ‘symbolic violence’ and so forth – have become part of the core vocabulary of anthropology, sociology, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, cultural studies and media studies, to name just a few disciplines. Ignorance of his work is widely construed as a major intellectual flaw because ‘French Theory,’ the complex of Anglosaxon scholarly interpretations of the work of Derrida, Ricoeur, Bourdieu and Foucault (Cusset 2008), is an important part of the canon of social sciences and humanities. The mediating effect of Anglosaxon uptake and interpretation is substantial: the history of translations of works by the French Mandarins can be shown to have an impact on how such work was read, understood and incorporated in general and specific theoretical projects worldwide. In Bourdieu’s case, Gorski (2013) notes that the sequence of English translations of Bourdieu’s books did not chronologically mirror their sequence in Bourdieu’s own development and that some of his work remains untranslated. Such factors can explain the lack of attention to Bourdieu’s ethnographic and historical ambitions in much secondary work. I shall have occasion to return to this issue below.
2005 “Voice, footing, enregisterment.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 15(1): 38–59.
2007Language and Social Relations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. BoP
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1981The Dialogic Imagination (ed. Michael Holquist). Austin: University of Texas Press.
2005a “Bourdieu the ethnographer: The ethnographic grounding of habitus and voice.” The Translator 11(2): 219–236. TSB
2005bDiscourse: A Critical Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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2011 “Language and superdiversity.” Diversities 13(2): 1–22.
Blommaert, Jan and Fons van de Vijver
2013 “Combining surveys and ethnographies in the study of rapid social change.” Working Papers in Urban Language and Literacies, paper 108.
2014State Ideology and Language in Tanzania, Second and Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. BoP
2015 “Chronotopes, scale and complexity in the study of language in society.” Tilburg Papers in Culture Studies, paper 121.
1969Symbolic Interactionism: Perspective and Method. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall.
Bourdieu, Pierre, Jean-Claude Passeron and Monique de Saint Martin
1965 Academic Discourse: Linguistic Misunderstanding and Professorial Power. Stanford: Stanford University Press. BoP
Bourdieu, Pierre and Jean-Claude Passeron
1970La Reproduction: Eléments pour une théorie du système d’enseignement. Paris: Minuit.