This book can be read like a series of short stories - the story of a steel worker who was laid off after twenty years in the same factory and who now struggles to support his family on unemployment benefits and a part-time job; the story of a trade unionist who finds his goals undermined by the changing nature of work; the story of a family from Algeria living in a housing estate in the outskirts of Paris whose members have to cope with pervasive, everyday forms of racism; the story of a school teacher confronted with urban violence; and many others as well. Reading these stories enables one to understand these people's lives and the forms of social suffering which are part of them. And the reader will see that this book offers not only a distinctive method for analysing social life, but also another way of practising politics.
Pierre Bourdieu was Professor of Sociology at the College de France.
Translator's Preface. To The Reader: Pierre Bourdieu. The Space of Points of View: Pierre Bourdieu. Jonquil Street: Pierre Bourdieu. A Displaced Family: Abdelmalek Sayad. Everyone in a Place of their Own: Rosine Christin. The View from the Media: Patrick Champagne. The Order of Things: Pierre Bourdieu. An Integrated Family: Patrick Champagne. A Bad Investment: Gabrielle Balazs. Renovation: Gabrielle Balazs. The Last Difference: Patrick Champagne. Site Effects: Pierre Bourdieu. America as Social Dystopia: The Politics of Urban Disintegration: Loic Wacquant. Inside "The Zone": the Social Art of the Hustler in the American Ghetto: Loic Wacquant. Homeless in El Barrio: Philippe Bougois. The Abdication of the State: Pierre Bourdieu. An Impossible Mission: Pierre Bourdieu. Institutional Bad Faith: Pierre Bourdieu. Double Binds: Pierre Bourdieu and Gabrielle Balasz. The View from the State: Patrick Champagne. 'Costs' and 'Benefits' of Immigration: Abdelmalek Sayad. Disorder Amongst Agents of Order: Remi Lenoir. Woman and Cop: Remi Lenoir. A Living Reproach: Remi Lenoir. On the Way Down. Permanent and Temporary Workers: Michel Pialoux and Stephane Beaud. The Old Worker and the New Plant: Michel Pialoux. The Temp's Dream: Stephane Beaud. Working Nights: Rosine Christin. Possession: Rosine Christin. The End of a World: Pierre Bourdieu. The Shop Steward's World in Disarray: Michel Pialoux. The Stolen Work: Sandrine Garcia. A Silent Witness: Rosine Christin. Such a Fragile Equilibrium: Pierre Bourdieu and Gabrielle Balazs. Hanging by a Thread: Pierre Bourdieu. A Life Wasted: Pierre Bourdieu. On the Way Down: Patrick Champagne. Broken Careers: Louis Pinto. Outcasts on the Inside: Pierre Bourdieu and Patrick Champagne. Those Were the Days: Pierre Bourdieu. Paradise Lost: Sylvain Broccolichi. Cogs in the Machine: Sylvain Broccolichi and Francoise uvrard. A Double Life: Rosine Christin. French Class: Rosine Christin. The Upper Hand: Sylvain Broccolichi. Institutional Violence: Gabrielle Balazs and Abdelmalek Sayad. The Contradictions of Inheritance: Pierre Bourdieu. Academic Destiny: Alain Accardo. A Compromising Success: Charles Soulie. The Spirit of Contradiction: Emmanuel Bourdieu and Denis Podalydes. Wife and Collaborator: Jean-Pierre Faguer. The Curse: Abdelmalek Sayad. Emancipation: Abdelmalek Sayad. The Sick Person as Object: Francois Bonvin. Solitude: Gabrielle Balazs. Understanding: Pierre Bourdieu. PostScriptum: Pierre Bourdieu. Glossary.