"After graduating from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and
three years service as an officer in the Israeli Army, Richard Shusterman completed his
doctoral studies in philosophy at St. John's College, Oxford University. Winner of Senior
Fulbright and NEH Fellowships, he has taught in many countries and is currently
Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Temple University, Philadelphia and at the Collège
International de Philosophie, Paris. Outside the ordinary range of university pursuits,
Shusterman is directing a project for UNESCO on urban culture, and he runs a monthly
book discussion series at the Barnes and Noble bookstore on Rittenhouse Square in
Philadelphia. The series, which features new books and established experts, is called
Dialogues on the Square."
Obituary, January 25, 2002, Pierre Bourdieu, 71, French Thinker and Globalization Critic
by ALAN RIDING
PARIS, Jan. 24 — Pierre Bourdieu, a leading French sociologist and
maverick intellectual who emerged as a public figure here in the 1990's by championing
the antiglobalization movement and other antiestablishment causes, died in a Paris
hospital on Wednesday. He was 71.
The cause was cancer, friends said.
The author of
25 books, many translated into English, Mr. Bourdieu was particularly interested in
exploring the formative roots of class distinctions and power structures. He applied his
theories to a broad range of topics, including education, television, masculinity,
intellectuals, the media, language and poverty.
While his influence has long been felt in
academic circles in France and the United States, Mr. Bourdieu assumed a public role in
the tradition of Emile Zola and Jean-Paul Sartre only in the last decade, when he became
what Le Monde called "the intellectual reference" for movements opposed to free market
orthodoxy and globalization.
In the process, he also turned his guns on television talk-