bourdieu in algeria | bourdieu in algerien | bourdieu en algérie
transversal web journal

Pierre Bourdieu’s theories and forms of praxis play an essential role in cultural studies discourses and in socio-political debates. In this context the radicalness of his political engagement and his self-reflection are especially significant. New perspectives and questions arise from a previously little known facet of Bourdieu’s work: the photographs he took in the 1950s and 1960s in colonial Algeria of ethnographic objects and arrangements and scenes of streets and everyday life.
The articles in this issue of transversal deal with the uses of this extensive photographic picture archive, and with the problematic issues of photography as a method in between scientific objectification, political engagement, and the politics of pictures of colonial violence. Issues of debate are questions of praxis theory, of a conflictual simultaneity of the colonial self and the colonized other, and of an intersectional approach to the importance of Bourdieu in Postcolonial Studies.

Christoph Behnke: Photography as Illegitimate Art. Pierre Bourdieu and Photography
Beatrice von Bismarck: En Route to the “Summit of the Art of Sociology”. Pierre Bourdieu’s Self-Reflexive Practice in the Light of the Photographic Archive
Christine Frisinghelli: Photographs in Context. Pierre Bourdieu’s Photographic Documentary Accounts in Algeria, 1957-1961
Christian Kravagna: Bourdieu’s Photography of Coevalness
Nirmal Puwar: “Postcolonial Bourdieu”: Notes on the Oxymoron
Franz Schultheis: Sociological Investigations. From Photographic Evidence to Thick Description in the Work of Pierre Bourdieu
Ruth Sonderegger: Practical Theories?

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