File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_2004/bourdieu.0410, message 2

Date: Tue, 05 Oct 2004 08:36:17 -0600
Subject: Re: [BOU:] Bourdieu and Castells

kcaine <> wrote:

> Since that was all that Castells said, I was wondering if anyone can shine 
> some light on this cryptic Castellian comment.

The best way to know the truth is probably to ask Castells directly! He just 
moved from Berkeley to the University of Southern California: 

Once, I read that, in 1979, he moved to the US because he could not secure a 
permanent position in the French academia. 

In France like in other countries, the academia is extremely contentious, and 
the number of positions available is limited. Institutional and symbolic 
struggles to prevent people from the "wrong camp" to secure positions abound. 
Bourdieu and his students certainly participated in these struggles, just 
like other French academics. What Castells wrote does not surprise me at 
all... This is about the structuring of the French academic field, which 
Bourdieu analyzed so well!


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