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Is Bourdieu a ‘defunct economist’? par Greg Ashman

par ycombe le Mer 2 Nov 2016 - 21:59
Greg Ashman a écrit:
I am periodically drawn back to a quote by John Maynard Keynes that has featured in a number of recent books about education:

"The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. I am sure that the power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas… it is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil."

It was while reading a new book by E. D. Hirsch that I began to ponder Pierre Bourdieu and whether he might be playing the role of a, “defunct economist”. If you search ERIC, the database of education research, for his surname it returns 929 results. This would be unsurprising to anyone who has been involved in education research. Bourdieu, Derrida and Deleuze are common sources of authority appended to otherwise rather mundane sociological research or commentary papers.

Yet I wonder whether people stop to ask whether it is a good idea to apply his ideas to education.

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Assurbanipal: "Passant, mange, bois, divertis-toi ; tout le reste n’est rien".

Franck Ramus : "Les sciences de l'éducation à la française se font fort de produire un discours savant sur l'éducation, mais ce serait visiblement trop leur demander que de mettre leur discours à l'épreuve des faits".

Re: Is Bourdieu a ‘defunct economist’? par Greg Ashman

par User17706 le Mer 2 Nov 2016 - 22:10
Il y a Bourdieu et Bourdieu, et ce qu'il pouvait écrire dans les années 1970 et ce qui pouvait se trouver dans les travaux de sa commission, ce sont des choses somme toute assez différentes. Mais il n'est sans doute pas absurde d'estimer qu'il y a une sorte d'inconscient (pseudo-)bourdieusien diffus qui joue un vrai rôle et cause de vrais dégâts. En ce sens, il n'est pas mal dans le rôle de l'économiste mort, c'est vrai.

'Tis a blushing, shamefaced spirit that mutinies in a man’s bosom. It fills a man full of obstacles. It made me once restore a purse of gold that by chance I found. It beggars any man that keeps it. It is turned out of towns and cities for a dangerous thing, and every man that means to live well endeavors to trust to himself and live without it.

When everybody is swept away unthinkingly by what everybody else does and believes in, those who think are drawn out of hiding because their refusal to join is conspicuous and thereby becomes a kind of action.
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