On Concision

A man sitting down holding his headThis is part of a collection of posts of quotations from The Sociologist and the Historian, (first published in French in 2010 and in English in 2015), a short collection of transcripts from a series of late 1987/early 1988 radio interviews between Roger Chartier and the late social theorist, Pierre Bourdieu.

Society — to make ‘society’ the subject of a sentence is committing myself to speaking nonsense, but I am forced to speak in this way in order to go quickly — society exists in two fashions…. (55)

Listen to the original radio broadcast, in French, here.
Pierre Bourdieu Roger Chartier The Sociologist and The Historian