Pierre Bourdieu is indisputably a major thinker in education. Michael Grenfell's volume offers the most coherent account of Bourdieu's educational thought. This work is divided into: intellectual biography; critical exposition of Bourdieu's work; the reception and influence of Bourdieu's work; and the relevance of the work today.This volume is part of a major international reference series that provides comprehensive accounts of the work of seminal educational thinkers from a variety of periods, disciplines and traditions. It is the most ambitious and prestigious such project ever published - a definitive resource for at least a generation. The thinkers covered in the series include: Aquinas, Aristotle, Bourdieu, Bruner, Dewey, Foucault, Freire, Holt, Kant, Locke, Montessori, Neill, Newman, Owen, Peters, Piaget, Plato, Rousseau, Steiner, Vygotsky, West and Wollstonecraft.