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The bachelors' ball : the crisis of peasant society in Béarn

The bachelors' ball : the crisis of peasant society in Béarn

Author: Pierre Bourdieu; Richard Nice
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Over the past four decades, French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu produced one of the most imaginative and subtle bodies of social theory of the postwar era. When he died in 2002, he was considered to be the most influential sociologist in the world and a thinker on a par with Foucault and Lévi-Straussa public intellectual as important to his generation as Sartre was to his. Bourdieus final book, The Bachelors Ball,  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pierre Bourdieu; Richard Nice
ISBN: 9780226067490 0226067491 9780226067506 0226067505
OCLC Number: 174501833
Language Note: Translated from French.
Notes: Articles previously published in 1962, 1972, and 1989.
Description: vi, 205 pages : illustrations, plan ; 23 cm
Contents: Bachelorhood and the peasant condition --
The system of matrimonial exchanges in traditional peasant society --
Internal contradictions and anomy --
The opposition between the bourg and the hameaux --
The peasant and his body --
Conclusion --
Bibliographical notes --
Changes in population, 1836-1954 --
Dialogue between a villager and a peasant --
Another dialogue between a villager and a bachelor --
The exemplary tale of a younger son from a modest family --
Excessive maternal authority and bachelorhood --
An attempt to generalize : bachelorhood in 16 rural cantons in Brittany.
Other Titles: Bal des célibataires.
Crisis of peasant society in Béarn
Responsibility: Pierre Bourdieu ; translated by Richard Nice.
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Sees the author return to Bearn, the village where he grew up, to examine the gender dynamics of rural France. This book is an account of the way the influence of urban values has precipitated a  Read more...


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