Luc Boltanski. On Critique: A Sociology of Emancipation. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2011

Lisa Knoll


On Critique is an interesting piece of work, wherein Luc Boltanski demonstrates his intellectual versatility and his urge to resolve the puzzle of social action (reflexivity and routine, critique and domination) and gives this permanent challenge in sociology a fresh impulse. The book chapters emerged from lectures in Frankfurt and Berlin. In these lectures Boltanski defended the theses of a pragmatic sociology of critique, developed together with Laurent Thévenot and Ève Chiapello—against Pierre Bourdieu’s critical sociology.


Pragmatic Sociology; Institutional Order; Domination; Critique; Modes of Action; Modes of Testing

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