Pierre Bourdieu’s On the State, based on a three-year lecture course he taught at the Collège de France, was published earlier this year. Franck Poupeau interprets the book and makes us ask: what kind of self is needed to confront the social ills of the twenty-first century? And can the state—or at least Bourdieu—help us get there?
Franck Poupeau is Senior Researcher at the French CNRS and director of the International Joint Unit iGLOBES (CNRS/University of Arizona). After training in philosophy, he obtained his PhD in Sociology from the EHESS in Paris, following a three-year stint as a research assistant to Pierre Bourdieu at the Collège de France. His interests include urban inequality, education and segregation, social movements and environmental sociology, and the sociology of knowledge and politics, with a focus France and the Andes. Poupeau has published over six books and 50 articles in in French, Spanish, and English in peer-reviewed journals of sociology, anthropology, urban studies, education, geography, and Latin American studies. He coordinates several international grants on water conflicts and urban inequalities.