Pierre Bourdieu is indisputably a major thinker in education. Michael Grenfell's volume offers the most coherent account of Bourdieu's educational thought. This work is divided into: intellectual biography; critical exposition of Bourdieu's work; the reception and influence of Bourdieu's work; and the relevance of the work today.This volume is part of a major international reference series that provides comprehensive accounts of the work of seminal educational thinkers from a variety of periods, disciplines and traditions. It is the most ambitious and prestigious such project ever published - a definitive resource for at least a generation. The thinkers covered in the series include: Aquinas, Aristotle, Bourdieu, Bruner, Dewey, Foucault, Freire, Holt, Kant, Locke, Montessori, Neill, Newman, Owen, Peters, Piaget, Plato, Rousseau, Steiner, Vygotsky, West and Wollstonecraft.
Michael Grenfell is Professor in the School of Education, University of Southampton. He has researched and published extensively in Applied Linguistics and the Philosophy of Education. He had a longstanding association with Bourdieu and is author of four other books on his work, including Agent Provocateur (Continuum).