Film Screening: Pierre Carles, Pierre Bourdieu: Sociology is a Martial Art (2002)

November 13, 2008, 7:30PM

20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15
Atrium level
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Pierre Bourdieu: Sociology is a Martial Art, directed by Pierre Carles, (France, 2002, 146 min.)

Director Pierre Carles followed noted sociologist Pierre Bourdieu for three years (from 1998 to 2001) creating this unique and insightful documentary. The film shows Bourdieu not only in his roll as a sociologist and professor, but also as a colleague, a mentor, and a citizen. Carles does not spend the film singing two-dimensional praises, but rather seeks to gain and share insight into the true nature of this academic icon. The intriguing title comes from a quote from Bourdieu himself, “I often say sociology is a martial art, a means of self-defense. Basically, you use it to defend yourself, without having the right to use if for unfair attacks.”


This film is presented in conjunction with the List Center’s exhibition Adel Abdessemed: Situation and Practice on view through January 4, 2009.

This program was organized by adjunct film curator John Gianvito.


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Mark Linga
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