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Description - The Weight of the World by Pierre Bourdieu

Confined in their governmental ivory towers, their actions largely dictated by public opinion polls, politicians and state officials are all too often oblivious to the everyday lives of ordinary citizens. These persons, who often experience so much hardship in their lives, have few ways to make themselves heard and are obliged either to protest outside official frameworks or remain locked in the silence of their despair. Under the direction of Pierre Bourdieu, France s foremost sociologist, a team of 22 researchers spent three years studying and analyzing the new forces of social suffering that characterize contemporary societies the daily suffering of those denied the means of acquiring a socially dignified existence and of those poorly adjusted to the rapidly changing conditions of their lives. Social workers, teachers, policemen, factory workers, white-collar clerks, farmers, artisans, shopkeepers no one seems to be immune from the frustrations of today s life, not to speak of the institutions of the family, work, and education.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780804738453
ISBN-10: 0804738459
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 656
Imprint: Stanford University Press
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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