"Pierre Bourdieu: Sociological work and research in the social sciences and humanities"

Dossier Pierre Bourdieu: sociological work and research in the social sciences and humanities


Guest editors

Dr. Armando Ulises Cerón Martínez - Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo

Dra. Eva María Galán Mireles - Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo

Deadline: July 25, 2020





Pierre Bourdieu's work is sui generis from start to finish. Having been trained as a philosopher at the Normal School, he later emigrated to ethnography in Algeria and the Bearn, and finally arrived at sociology in Paris. This unique intellectual career allowed him to incorporate a rare eclecticism that led him to do things that no one had done before (such as the use of statistics in ethnographic research, or criteria for selecting subjects for qualitative interviews from surveys, for example). example), which led to a novel opening that allowed a significant advance in the social sciences of the second half of the 20th century.

Using three nodal concepts such as Field, Capital, and Habitus, he carried out a new synthesis of the aporias of social theory that was stagnant by academic prejudices and scientific orthodoxies based on exclusive dichotomies of the micro-macro type; quantitative - qualitative; subjective-objective; empirical theory, etc., freeing the understanding of social action, on the one hand, from naive voluntarisms that lead to rational and teleological deliberations, and on the other, to the constraint derived from social determinism.

Like few theorists, he moved in the three levels of science visualized by Michael Polanyi: science, meta-science, and the objects of science. Regarding the scientific level, the notions of Field, Capital, and Habitus, in addition to being concepts, also developed them as complete theories and also complementary to each other. At the meta-science level, he considered that all investigative practice is at the same time reflective so that those who investigate must be attentive to what they do, how they do it, from what inputs, why, and for what, which in summary is called full vigilance epistemological. Regarding the objects of science, with his three concepts, he investigated the most varied areas of reality: photography, education, fashion, politics, the relationship between genders, sports, age relationships, etc.

In this sense, Bourdieu's sociological work can be used in two basic senses: as an object of reflection, and as an instrument of that reflection. This means taking the author's work at any of the three levels of scientific knowledge in which he operated, as well as considering ways to use his concepts to be applied to particular investigations.

Special topics

Social action: between individual voluntarism and social constriction in the work of Pierre Bourdieu

Theoretical discussions on the notions of field, habitus, and capital

Empirical applications of the notions of field, habitus, and capital

Scientific scope and limits of the work of Pierre Bourdieu

Meta-scientific reflections on the work of Pierre Bourdieu



Bourdieu, P. (2019). Curso de sociología general 1. Conceptos fundamentales. Collège de France, 1981-1983. Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI editores.

Cerón, A. U. (2019).  Habitus, campo y capital. Lecciones teóricas y metodológicas de un sociólogo bearnés. Cinta de Moebio (66), 310-320. Recuperado a partir de https://doi.org/10.4067/S0717-554X2019000300310

Cerón, A. U. (2020). La construcción del objeto de estudio. Lecciones epistemológicas a partir de la obra de Pierre Bourdieu. Cinta de Moebio (67), 75-84.  https://doi.org/10.4067/S0717-554X2020000100075 

Grenfell, M. (2010). Pierre Bourdieu. Key concepts.  Durham: Acumen.

Gutiérrez, B. A. (2005). Las prácticas sociales. Una introducción a Pierre Bourdieu. Córdoba; Ferreyra editor.