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Conversations with Pierre Bourdieu

The Havens Center Spring 2008 Visiting Scholars Program presents
Michael Burawoy
"The Political Economy of Sociology: Marx meets Bourdieu"
Tuesday, April 1, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
"Durable Domination: Gramsci meets Bourdieu"
Thursday, April 3, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
"Is there a Working Class?: Burawoy meets Bourdieu"
Tuesday, April 8, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
"Colonialism and Revolution: Fanon meets Bourdieu"
Thursday, April 10, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
"Antinomies of Feminism: De Beauvoir meets Bourdieu"
Wednesday, April 16, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
"Intellectuals and their Publics: Bourdieu Inherits Mills"
Thursday, April 17, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science

Michael Burawoy has studied industrial workplaces in different parts of the world -- Zambia, Chicago, Hungary and Russia -- through participant observation. In his different projects he has tried to cast light -- from the standpoint of the workplace -- on the nature of postcolonialism, on the organization of consent to capitalism, on the peculiar forms of working class consciousness and work organization in state socialism, and on the dilemmas of transition from socialism to capitalism. During the 1990s he studied post Soviet decline as “economic involution”: how the Russian economy was driven by the expansion of a range of intermediary organizations operating in the sphere of exchange (trade, finance, barter, new forms of money), and how the productive economy recentered on households and especially women. No longer able to work in factories, most recently he has turned to the study of his own workplace – the university – to consider the way sociology itself is produced and then disseminated to diverse publics. Over the course of his research and teaching, he has developed theoretically driven methodologies that allow broad conclusions to be drawn from ethnographic research and case studies. These methodologies are represented in Global Ethnography a book coauthored with 9 graduate students, which shows how globalization can be studied "from below" through participation in the lives of those who experience it. Throughout his sociological career he has engaged with Marxism, seeking to reconstruct it in the light of his research and more broadly in the light of historical challenges of the late 20th and early 21st. centuries.


Marx meets Bourdieu 

Gramsci meets Bourdieu

Burawoy meets Bourdieu

Fanon meets Bourdieu 

De Beauvoir meets Bourdieu

Bourdieu Inherits Mills

READINGS (note that that these are works in progress, discussion papers rather than finished products.)

Foucault, Marx and the Project of Human Emancipation

Jacques Bidet
“A Critical History of Socio-Political Modernity: Foucault, Marx and the Project of Human Emancipation”
April 8, 2014, 4pm, Curti Lounge (Humanities Building, Room 5243)

Co-sponsored by the Havens Center, the University Lectures Committee, the Goldberg Center, the Geography Department, the Department of European Languages and Literature, the Department of History, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities

JACQUES BIDET is Professor emeritus at the University of Paris-Nanterre. He is a reputed social theorist, philosopher and historian, who has done path-breaking work on both the origins and theory of modernity.  Specifically, while many scholars focus on the idea of capitalism as being at the heart of modernity, Bidet theorizes modernity in terms of three layers, organization, market and a world system of nation-states. Through this more complex theorization, he is able to show both how the above structures and system reproduce hierarchies and domination and also how the ideas associated with these structures, such as equality and freedom, which are essential for the functioning of the market, make possible an oppositional politics with transformative potential.