Bourdieu, Historicity, and Historical Sociology

  title={Bourdieu, Historicity, and Historical Sociology},
  author={George Steinmetz},
  journal={Cultural Sociology},
  pages={45 - 66}
  • G. Steinmetz
  • Published 1 March 2011
  • Sociology, History
  • Cultural Sociology
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