1930 – Pierre Bourdieu was born on August 1st in the village of Denguin, in the Pyrénees’ district of southwestern France. French sociologist, anthropologist, philosopher, and champion of the anti-globalisation movement, whose work spanned a broad range of subjects from ethnography to art, literature, education, language, cultural tastes, and television.
1953 – His thesis was a translation and commentary of the Animadversiones of Leibniz.
1959-1960 – He lectured at the University of Algiers, and studied traditional farming and ethnic Berber culture.
1960 – Returned to France as a self-taught anthropologist.
– He studied anthropology and sociology, and taught at the University of Paris and at the University of Lille.
1962 – Bourdieu married Marie-Claire Brisard.
1968 – Became director of the Centre de Sociologie Européenne, where with a group of colleagues he embarked on pioneering extensive collective research on problems concerned with the maintenance of a system of power by means of the transmission of a dominant culture.
1970 – In La Reproduction, Bourdieu argued, that the French educational system reproduces the cultural division of society.
1975 – Bourdieu launched the journal Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, devoted to deconsecrating the mechanism by which cultural production helps sustain the dominant structure of society.
1979 – Wrote "Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste".
1981 – He was appointed to the prestigious chair of sociology at the Collège de France.
1996 – He supported striking rail workers, spoke for the homeless, was a guest at television programs, and he founded the publishing company Liber/Raisons d’agir.
1998 – Published in the newspaper Le Monde an article, in which he compared the "strong discourse" of neoliberalism with the position of the psychiatric discourse in an asylum.
2002 – Bourdieu died of cancer in Paris at the Saint-Antoine hospital on January 24th.