Against the Grain

Bourdieu and Marx

What can we learn from Pierre Bourdieu’s critique of Marxism? Why did the influential French sociologist reject Marx’s emphasis on labor and class struggle? Michael Burawoy lays out Bourdieu’s famous troika of interrelated concepts: habitus, field, and capital. He also points out some of the key differences between how Bourdieu and Marx thought about politics, culture, and domination.

Michael Burawoy, Symbolic Violence: Conversations with Bourdieu Duke University Press, 2019



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