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Bourdieu and Social Space: Mobilities, Trajectories, Emplacements

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Bourdieu and Social Space

Mobilities, Trajectories, Emplacements

Deborah Reed-Danahay

170 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-353-0 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Published (November 2019)

eISBN 978-1-78920-354-7 eBook

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“Deborah Reed-Danahay is an excellent reader and mediator of Bourdieu’s studies and publications. For readers who want one more book that will help them get an even deeper understanding of the relationship between Pierre Bourdieu’s social trajectory and his scientific work, this is an absolute masterpiece.” • Anthropology Book Forum

“…this book is a useful guide to Bourdieu’s work. Recommended.” • Choice

“Explains Bourdieu’s neglected concept of social space, and even takes it to a new level by relating it to migration, mobility and emplacement, as well as to the nation-state and the European Union… destined to become a standard reference work.” • Helena Wulff, Stockholm University

“This is an excellent piece of work that is both useful and thoughtful.  It addresses much of the corpus of Bourdieu’s work but provides an analysis of this rich and complex material in an accessible manner.” • Vered Amit, Concordia University


French sociologist and anthropologist Pierre Bourdieu’s relevance for studies of spatiality and mobility has received less attention than other aspects of his work. Here, Deborah Reed-Danahay argues that the concept of social space, central to Bourdieu’s ideas, addresses the structured inequalities that prevail in spatial choices and practices. She provides an ethnographically informed interpretation of social space that demonstrates its potential for new directions in studies of mobility, immobility, and emplacement.  This book traces the links between habitus and social space across the span of Bourdieu’s writings, and places his work in dialogue with historical and contemporary approaches to mobility.

Deborah Reed-Danahay is Professor of Anthropology at The State University of New York at Buffalo. Her previous publications include Locating Bourdieu and Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social. She has held a Jean Monnet Chair and Visiting Fellowships at Cambridge University and L’Institut National de Recherche Pédagogique. She has been the recipient of research Fellowships from NEH, NSF, the Russell Sage Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, and the Fulbright Commission.​

Subject: Theory and Methodology Mobility Studies Sociology


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