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    Fields and individuals: From Bourdieu to Lahire and back again.Will Atkinson - 2021 - European Journal of Social Theory 24 (2):195-210.
    Bernard Lahire’s critique of Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology aims to establish a ‘dispositionalist-contextualist’ vision of human agency capable of fully sociologising biography and individuality. While accepting the utility of the notion of field, Lahire emphasises the plurality of non-field entities – including games, worlds and figurations – shaping people’s dispositions and the contexts in which they come to act, leading him to downgrade the notion of habitus and cast fields as only a small part of the picture. While appreciating the motivation (...)
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    Luc Boltanski’s pragmatic sociology: A Bourdieusian critique.Will Atkinson - 2020 - European Journal of Social Theory 23 (3):310-327.
    Luc Boltanski’s programme of pragmatic sociology, now gaining substantial attention among English-speaking sociologists, was forged in opposition to the supposed excesses and blind spots of Pierre Bourdieu’s ‘critical sociology’. After outlining the main lines of development of Boltanski’s project and emphasizing the major points of difference with Bourdieu, the article offers a critical Bourdieusian response to pragmatic sociology. It highlights a number of ways in which Boltanski’s position is based on a misreading or distortion of Bourdieu’s ideas, is less unlike (...)
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    On Disgrace: Scandal, Discredit and Denunciation within and across Fields.Will Atkinson - 2022 - Theory, Culture and Society 39 (1):23-40.
    This paper engages with the theme of disgrace from a Bourdieusian point of view. Starting out from a specific definition of ‘grace’ in terms of misrecognition, it goes on to consider some of the ways in which disgrace can be generated and some of the ways it can be handled by the disgraced party. While there are certainly many intra-field modalities of the genesis of disgrace, including violation of the rules of the game, the paper also emphasizes that disgrace can (...)
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    Bourdieu and after: a guide to relational phenomenology.Will Atkinson - 2020 - New York: Routledge.
    Pierre Bourdieu was the most influential sociologist of the later 20th Century. The framework he developed continues to inspire countless researchers across the globe and provokes intense debates long after his death. Novel concepts, innovative applications and countless elaborations spring up every day, bulking out and shaping a distinct, if not always entirely consistent, body of work that might be characterised as a recognisable tradition. For those coming to Bourdieu for the first time, therefore, and interested in using his ideas (...)
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    Book Review: The Reflexive Imperative in Late Modernity. [REVIEW]Will Atkinson - 2014 - European Journal of Social Theory 17 (1):122-126.
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    Beyond Bourdieu: from genetic structuralism to relational phenomenology.Will Atkinson - 2016 - Malden, MA: Polity Press.
    Introduction -- The lifeworld -- The field of family relations -- Social becoming -- Gender -- Epilogue: sketch of a research programme.
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    Putting Habitus Back in its Place? Reflections on the Homines in Extremis Debate.Will Atkinson - 2015 - Body and Society 21 (4):103-116.
    This commentary reflects on Loïc Wacquant’s interpretation of the concept of habitus as developed in his response to critics of his article published in this journal, Homines in Extremis. His comments on collective habitus and fieldless habitus in particular are deemed questionable, not just on the grounds that they break from the relational logic of Bourdieu’s sociology but because they sit uneasily with findings unearthed in a diverse array of empirical studies. Some constructive comments are offered on notions he rejects (...)
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    Field Theory and Assemblage Theory: Toward a Constructive Dialogue.Will Atkinson - 2024 - Theory, Culture and Society 41 (1):79-94.
    This paper engages with Manuel DeLanda’s Deleuze-inspired ‘assemblage theory’ from a perspective sympathetic to Pierre Bourdieu’s field theory. It first outlines DeLanda’s proposed new ‘philosophy of society’, focusing on his major works in this vein, and registers some scepticism as to its originality for sociology. It then introduces and responds to DeLanda’s critique of Bourdieu. Rather than simply reject assemblage theory outright, however, I draw on selected insights from DeLanda to push field theory in new directions. More specifically, I conceptualise (...)
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    Marxism versus Bourdieu on domination, consciousness and resistance: An engagement with Burawoy on Bourdieu.Will Atkinson - 2023 - Thesis Eleven 175 (1):63-80.
    Michael Burawoy’s recent book-length engagement with the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu constitutes, at root, a Marxist critique of its inability to conceive of the dominated as anything other than duped and submissive, despite this sitting uneasily with Bourdieu’s own research and political practice later in life. Burawoy wonders whether Bourdieusians will be able to recognise the limits of their master’s thought, and set about revising and extending it, in the same way as Marxists did of their own master. This article (...)
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    The art of logical thinking.William Walker Atkinson - 1909 - Chicago, Ill.,: The Progress company; [etc., etc.].
    "The Art of Logical Thinking" is a book written by William Walker Atkinson, an American attorney, merchant, publisher, and author in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The book was first published in 1909 under the pseudonym Theron Q. Dumont, one of Atkinson's many pen names. The primary focus of "The Art of Logical Thinking" is to provide readers with insights into developing and refining their logical thinking abilities. Atkinson explores various aspects of logical reasoning and critical thinking, aiming (...)
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    The crucible of modern thought.William Walker Atkinson - 1910 - Chicago,: The Progress company; [etc., etc.].
    This book is an outgrowth of a series of articles originally published in The Progress Magazine under a pseudonym, in which I sought to account for the prevailing mental unrest regarding subjects of religious and philosophical import. These articles attracted much attention from careful students of the times, and there have been many requests for the republication thereof in book form under my own name. Accordingly, the publishers of the articles requested me to revise the several papers, and to add (...)
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    The genesis of Brexit in the UK: outline of a multi-field model.Will Atkinson - 2023 - Theory and Society 52 (2):243-261.
    This paper outlines a sociological model of the conditions of possibility of the UK’s decision to withdraw from the European Union in 2016. Drawing on the conceptual tools of Pierre Bourdieu and those inspired by him, it synthesises and goes beyond the partial and fragmentary accounts offered so far to offer a more comprehensive narrative implicating the interrelation of multiple fields, with agents’ evolving strategies within the different fields being the major fulcra. To be specific, the conditions of possibility for (...)
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  13. The mastery of being.William Walker Atkinson - 1911 - Holyoke, Mass.,: The Elizabeth Towne company.
     
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    Book Review: The Reflexive Imperative in Late Modernity. [REVIEW]Will Atkinson - 2014 - European Journal of Social Theory 17 (1):122-126.
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