In his most explicitly political work to date, Pierre Bourdieu speaks out against the new myths of our time - especially those associated with neo-liberalism - and offers a passionate defence of the public interest. The withdrawal of the state from many areas of social life in recent years - housing, health, social services, etc. - has produced growing despair in the most deprived sections of the population; the dismantling of public welfare in the name of private enterprise, flexible markets and global competitiveness is increasing the misery of those who have suffered most. In this sharp, uncompromising attack on neo-liberalism and those who champion it - from the IMF to the President of the Bundesbank, from politicians to academic commentators - Bourdieu stands up for the interests of the powerless and helps to give a voice to those individuals, groups and social movements whose views are rarely heard in the dominant media.
A powerful plea for a new internationalism which would seek to defend the public interest and the social rights of ordinary people against the new prophets of the marketplace, this important and timely book by one of Europe's most outstanding intellectuals deserves to be widely read.
Pierre Bourdieu was Professor of Sociology at the College de France
To the Reader. The left hand and the right hand of the State. Sollers tel quel. The status of foreigners: a shibboleth. Abuse of power by the advocates of reason. The train driver's remark. Against the destruction of a civilization. The myth of "globalization" and the European welfare state. The thoughts of Chairman Tietmeyer. Social scientists, economic science and the social movement. For a new internationalism. Return to television. The government finds the people irresponsible. Job insecurity is everywhere now. The movement of the unemployed, a social miracle. The negative intellectual. Neo-liberalism, the utopia (becoming a reality) of unlimited exploitation. References.