Introduction: Putting Wacquant to Work
In this introduction we set out the Bourdieusian origins, key principles and theoretical syntheses characteristic of Wacquant’s distinct sociology, while also discussing some key criticisms. In doing so we suggest that Wacquant’s work contributes to a crucial bridge from a classical sociological perspective to the more contemporary approach of theoretical pluralism. We detail some of the core aspects and concepts of Wacquant’s theoretical framework in understanding relations of class, state and ethnicity within the contemporary, polarized cities of advanced capitalist societies. We also outline some specific criticisms of Wacquant’s work to date which resonate with the theme of this book.
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