Pierre Bourdieu’s Uneven Influence on Anglophone Canadian Sociology

TitlePierre Bourdieu’s Uneven Influence on Anglophone Canadian Sociology
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsMcLevey, J., A. Stokes, and A. Howard
Book TitleThe Oxford Handbook of Pierre Bourdieu, edited by Thomas Medvetz and Jeff Sallaz

This chapter is about the influence of Pierre Bourdieu’s work on contemporary Canadian sociology. The story is an unusual one because his work – in particular Distinction – became the most frequently cited by Canadian sociologists during the transition from a period of unprecedented intellectual fragmentation to one of relative cohesion (Stokes and McLevey 2016). In this evolving national context, Bourdieu’s work connects multiple specialties that form the core of post-2005 Canadian sociology, including but not limited to culture, social capital and social networks, education, gender and sexualities, social theory, and political sociology (Stokes and McLevey 2016). This chapter builds on Stokes and McLevey (2016) by looking into how Canadians have engaged Bourdieu’s work, and considering some opportunities for an innovative Bourdieusian sociology in Canada. First, we provide some additional context on the national context.