Bourdieu in Algeria


Bourdieu in Algeria

Colonial Politics, Ethnographic Practices, Theoretical Developments

Edited and with an introduction by Jane E. Goodman and Paul A. Silverstein

France Overseas: Studies in Empire and Decolonization Series

290 pages
1 table


July 2009


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About the Book

The shadow cast by Pierre Bourdieu’s theory is large and well documented, but his early ethnographic work in Algeria is less well known and often overlooked. This volume, the first critical examination of Bourdieu’s early fieldwork and its impact on his larger body of social theory, represents an original and much-needed contribution to the field. Its six essays reappraise Bourdieu’s original research in light of contemporary processes and make substantial contributions to the ethnography of North Africa. The contributors are scholars of North Africa and France, and each is actively engaged with Bourdieu’s work. Bourdieu in Algeria offers a unique focus on Kabylia, Algeria; theory; history; and anthropology.

Author Bio

Jane E. Goodman is an associate professor in the Communication and Culture Department at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the author of Berber Culture on the World Stage: From Village to Video. Paul A. Silverstein is an associate professor of anthropology at Reed College. He is the author of Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation and the coeditor of Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa.
Contributors: Fanny Colonna, Dale Eickelman, Jane E. Goodman, Abdellah Hammoudi, Deborah Reed-Danahay, and Paul A. Silverstein

Table of Contents


Introduction: Bourdieu in Algeria                        

     Jane E. Goodman and Paul A. Silverstein

1.  The Phantom of Dispossession: From The Uprooting to The Weight of the World

Fanny Colonna

2.  The Proverbial Bourdieu: Habitus and the Politics of Representation in the Ethnography of Kabylia

     Jane E. Goodman

3.  Bourdieu's Ethnography in Béarn and Kabylia:  The Peasant Habitus        Deborah Reed-Danahay

4.  Of Rooting and Uprooting: Kabyle Habitus, Domesticity

     and Structural Nostalgia

     Paul A. Silverstein

5. Phenomenology and Ethnography: On Kabyle Habitus in the Work of Pierre Bourdieu

     Abdellah Hammoudi

Afterword: Re-reading Bourdieu on Kabylia in the Twenty-First Century       

     Dale Eickelman


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