In the late 1950s, like tens of thousands of young men of his generation, Pierre Bourdieu, having recently passed the agregation in philosophy, found himself immersed in the Algerian war. Motivated by an impulse that, as he himself says, was civic rather than political , nothing seemed more important to him than to understand the Algerian situation and provide the elements that would enable others to come to an informed judgement about it. In extremely tough conditions and along with a small group of students, Bourdieu undertook a series of studies across an Algeria that was tightly patrolled by the army, leading him to discover the shocking reality of the resettlement camps and to analyse the mechanisms of destruction of Algerian society of which they were emblematic. To achieve the objectives he had set himself, Bourdieu had to carry out a genuine intellectual conversion, acquiring an ethnographic understanding of Algerian society, learning sociological analysis at a breakneck pace and inventing new instruments - both theoretical and empirical - that would enable him to understand the relations of domination specific to colonialism.
These new tools also enabled him to analyse the nature of the crisis that the war had both produced and manifested. This unique volume brings together the first texts written by Bourdieu in the midst of the Algerian conflict, as well as later writings and interviews in which he returns to the topic of Algeria and the decisive role it played in the development of his work.
Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) was one of the most influential sociologists and anthropologists of the late twentieth century. He was professor of sociology at the College de France and Director of Studies at the Ecole des hautes etudes en science sociales. His many works include Outline of a Theory of Practice, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, The Rules of Art, The Logic of Practice and Pascalian Meditations.
Presentation Bourdieu and Algeria, Bourdieu in Algeria At the Origins of a Singular Ethnosociology Colonization, Culture and Society The Clash of Civilizations Traditional Society s Attitude towards Time and Economic Behaviour The Internal Logic of Original Algerian Society War and Social Mutations From Revolutionary War to Revolution Revolution in the Revolution War and Social Mutation in Algeria Workers and Peasants in Disarray Uprooted Peasants: Morphological Upheavals and Cultural Changes in Algeria The Algerian Sub-Proletarians Haunted by Unemployment: The Algerian Proletariat and the Colonial System The Making of Economic Habitus The Ethnology of Kabylia The Right Use of Ethnology Dialogue on Oral Poetry in Kabylia A Reflexive Definition of Anthropology Participant Objectivation Return to the Algerian Experience For a Sociology of Sociologists Between Friends For Abdelmalek Sayad Seeing with the Lens: About Photography Appendices Letters to Andre Nouschi Chronology of Historical Events Map of Investigation Sites Publications of Pierre Bourdieu on Algeria Bibliography