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Bourdieu, Pierre

Born: 1930 AD
Died: 2002 AD
Nationality: French
Categories: Sociologist

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.