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The Rules of Art
Genesis and Structure of the Literary Field
This is Bourdieu's long-awaited study of Flaubert and the formation of the modern literary field, it is an important contribution to the study of the social and historical conditions of literary works.
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  • June 1996
  • 432 pages
  • 155 x 229 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents
Prologue: Flaubert, Analyst of Flaubert: A Reading of Sentimental Education.

Part I: Three States of the Field.

1. The Conquest of Autonomy: The Critical Phase in the Emergence of the Field.

2. The Emergence of a Dualist Structure.

3. The Market for Symbolic Goods.

Part II: Foundations of a Science of Works of Art.

4. Questions of Method.

5. The Author's Point of View: Some General Properties of Fields of Cultural Production.

Part III: To Understand Understanding. .

6. The Historical Genesis of the Pure Aesthetic.

7. The Social Genesis of the Eye.

8. A Theory of Reading in Practice.

Da Capo Illusion and the Illusio. .

Postscript For a Corporatism of the Universal.

Notes.

Index of Names.

Subject Index.

About the Author
Pierre Bourdieu was Professor of Sociology at the Collège de France.
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Reviews

"A major, path-breaking work, The Rules of Art will stimulate theoretical debates for years to come." Le Nouvel Observateur

"Since the 1960s Pierre Bourdieu's terrific constancy has been there to hold us to the vision and divisions of criticism, detachment, reason, truth ... [An] enormous addition to his vast architecture." Times Higher Education Supplement


"This is by far Bourdieu's best book to date." Acta Sociologica

"Both The Rules of Art and The State Nobility are dazzling examples of the way in which Bourdieu imposes order on an overwhelming wealth of empirical material ... these books represent important developments in Bourdieu's thought and confirm his status as one of today's most stimulating and bold sociological thinkers." European Journal of Social Theory

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