Bourdieu & Politics of Culture
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Culture and Media
Course Number: LCST 4024
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
Pierre Bourdieu is one of the most prolific and influential theorists of the second half of the twentieth century. While his influence is felt most strongly within the disciplines of sociology and anthropology, his empirical research ventures into literary studies, the study of art, photography, and television; and his writings engage such diverse topics as the aesthetic theory of Kant’s Critique of the Power of Judgment, the political conservatism of Heidegger’s ontological turn, and the politics of neo-liberalism. This advanced seminar in cultural theory introduces students to Bourdieu’s keyconcepts (habitus, capital, field, and symbolic power) and empirical studies of culture, art, politics, and the body. Bourdieu’s work is considered along side writings of Sartre, Kant, Althusser, Foucault, Weber, and Wacquant. [Counts for Track C]
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
At least two introductory courses, at least one "toolkit" methods course, and at least two 3000-level courses. One introductory course should be in the relevant Track C.


Open to Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.

Open to Eugene Lang College Lib Arts students.


Open to Undergraduate students.