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Бурдийо и "етносоциологическата лаборатория" на Беарн и Кабилия
Bourdieu and the ‘Ethnosociological Laboratory of Bearn and Kabylia

Socioanalysis and Labour Practices

Author(s): Stoika Penkova
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Sociology of Culture
Published by: Пловдивски университет »Паисий Хилендарски«
Keywords: Pierre Bourdieu; socioanalisys; historical sociology of discursive practices
Summary/Abstract: The article focuses on the meaning of the early texts of Pierre Bourdieu written between 1959 and 1962 and problematizing the destruction of the world of Algerian and Bearnese peasantry. The thesis states that they are a discursive response to two life experience that were important to the establishment of the great French sociologist’s intellectual path – i.e. the experience of his native Bearn and of post-colonial Algeria and Kabylia – and, as such, are crucial for the formation of Bourdieu’s intellectual dispositions. It is in the desire to understand the dramatic social forces that involve and constrain both him and the agents who occupy positions in his own temporal zone, that Bourdieu creates his distinctive approach in the social scientific field. One cannot conceptualize the specificity and originality of this approach, leading to the generation of a new and specific attitude towards the world, without making explicit the essential characteristics of the two primary life experiences of Bearn and Algeria in their quality of forming the basis of the future Bourdieusian epistemological position. Therefore, we cannot overlook their deep socioanalytic dimension and their importance to a historical sociology of discursive practices, whenever we as researchers try to answer the question of how the new and distinctive way of making social science has come to be: the way which – as a form of specific discourse – guarantees to Bourdieu the occupation of a distinctive position in the field of social scientific discursive production and simultaneously facilitates his establishment as one of the most important sociologists who appeared in France after the WWII.