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Pierre Bourdieu et l’Algérie : Le savant et la politique


KeywordsTriple Keywords
Political power
Empowerment (Social sciences)
Power (Social sciences)
Science, Political
Political science
Political theory
Commonwealth, The
Civil government
Political thought
Mass political behavior
Practical politics
Political behavior
Electoral politics
Politics, Practical
Evaluation of literature
Literary criticism
Literary style
Style, Literary


International audience Based on the ethno-sociological studies conducted by Pierre Bourdieu between the late 1950s and the early sixties on war-driven Algeria, this article analyses critically the notion, widely held by both the media and academia, that Pierre Bourdieu's public interventions on the Algerian war date back to the early sixties and /or that Bourdieu's early writings on Algeria were as politically engaged as those of La misère du monde published in 1993. Some even considered P. Bourdieu as the intellectual father of Berber cultural militancy. The purpose of this article is to show that the power, the elegance and the scientific and political insightfulness of Pierre Bourdieu's ethnological and sociological work on Algeria, and more specifically on Kabylia, lies, in fact, in the “polished” and “depolitisized” nature of his style, his approach and his relation to his scientific objects and to politics itself.

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