The Promise of Bourdieusian Political Sociology: A Review of Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals

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This essay provides an analytical review of David Swartz’s book on Bourdieu's political sociology. I argue that among its many virtues, the book presents Bourdieu’s ideas in an accessible and synthetic manner, adding clarity what is a complex and often contradictory theoretical system. In addition to assessing the book’s contributions, I draw inspiration from Swartz’s work to point out some of the limitations of the Bourdieusian perspective and identify promising avenues for the further elaboration of this approach through empirical research.

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