Epilogue: Bourdieu's legacy?

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Epilogue: Bourdieu's legacy?



Open Research Online The Open University’s repository of research publications and other research outputs Epilogue: Bourdieu’s legacy? Book Chapter How to cite: Silva, Elizabeth and Warde, Alan (2010). Epilogue: Bourdieu’s legacy? In: Silva, Elizabeth and Warde, Alan eds. Cultural analysis and Bourdieu’s legacy : settling accounts and developing alternatives. Culture, Economy and the Social. London: Routledge, pp. 157–160. For guidance on citations see FAQs. c© 2010 The Contributors Version: Accepted Manuscript Link(s) to article on publisher’s website: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415495356/ Copyright and Moral Rights for the articles on this site are retained by the individual authors and/or other copy- right owners. For more information on Open Research Online’s data policy on reuse of materials please consult the policies page. oro.open.ac.uk 292 13 EPILOGUE: BOURDIEU’S LEGACY ? Elizabeth Silva and Alan Warde A dozen chapters, no matter how insightful, can make only a limited contribution to a thorough assessment of Bourdieu’s legacy. The varied concerns and contrasting evaluations indicate the complexity of the subject matter, and its capacity to arouse disagreement. But arguably controversy is productive and the best way to establish a platform from which to go forward to exploit the inheritance of the currently most influential sociologist of the last quarter of the twentieth century. Perhaps also it is explicable. As Frédéric Lebaron insists, Bourdieu’s work, as well as being vast, is multi- dimensional. Although one man’s multidimensionality may be another woman’s ambivalence, people are able to take many different elements from his work and fashion them into novel configurations and generate new research questions. Certainly, multi-dimensionality produces openness to different lines of interpretation and hence disputation. More than most other major contributors to sociological theory,

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