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Bourdieu and Data Analysis

Methodological Principles and Practice

Michael Grenfell and Frédéric Lebaron

Uniquely amongst the numerous publications to appear on the work of the French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu, this book deals with data analysis, examining a range of techniques and instruments. After an introductory chapter outlining the key principles of Bourdieu’s theory, the book presents detailed examples of data being collected and analysed in a Bourdieusian way across various social science contexts. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are addressed, including analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each method, as are common data collection procedures such as interview, observation and questionnaire. Examples of Multiple Correspondence Analysis are an important feature of the book, since this was an approach particularly favoured by Bourdieu. In each case study, the pros and cons of different approaches are highlighted and the qualitative/quantitative debate is thoroughly explored. Overall, the book offers readers a blueprint to develop their own methodological plans for using Bourdieu in research practice.

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Bourdieu and Wacquant 13, 25, 48, 55, 83, 99, 107, 111 Browne Report 97 capital academic 39, 105–9, 111–12, 114 configuration 26, 28, 78, 79, 81, 85–6 cultural 19, 39, 49–50, 53, 55–6, 59, 63–5, 67–70, 72, 74, 80, 85, 87–8, 91, 95, 102, 104, 106–8, 114, 144–6, 182, 192–3, 210, 268 economic 26, 28, 48–9, 53, 56, 58, 63–5, 68–71, 73, 78, 80, 85, 91, 101, 114, 175–6, 229, 250 linguistic 39, 58–9, 68–9, 105–7, 110, 112, 114, 210 social 19, 63, 87, 105, 107–8, 110, 131, 268 symbolic 19, 24, 48, 50, 53, 68–9, 85, 94, 176 volume 28, 78–80, 85–6, 96, 185, 229, 238, 241, 250 class – see social class Dearing Report 97 disposition 10, 12, 13, 16, 19, 25, 85, 87, 108, 112, 119, 182, 204, 229, 268, 295 Distinction (Bourdieu) 27, 78–9, 85–6, 90, 123–4, 127–30, 150–1, 164, 229 doxa 16, 31, 96 Durkheim, Emile 10, 20 education – see capital; field; interest; social class epistemology 119 ethics 271 European Union (EU) 130, 231, 234–5, 237, 240, 243, 247, 249, 283, 290 existentialism 13 field 11, 13, 19, 22, 24, 297, 301 and academia 32 analysis of 3, 7, 25–9, 33, 62–3, 83, 87 of art 88, 90 and context 93 of cultural production 79–81, 253 of education 42, 182, 185, 192, 199, 202–4,...

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