Pillars in the works of Loïc Wacquant: Against a fragmented reception

Kristian Nagel Delica, Christian Sandbjerg Hansen

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The critical and polemic receptions of the work of Loı ̈c Wacquant has been extensive, but to a large extent focused on specific works and colored by professional specialty, that is, in a word: fragmented. In counteracting that fragmented response, the article sheds light on the undercurrents in Wacquant’s works by stressing four prominent and consistent features: his heritage from (and updating of)Bourdieu; his emphasis on and constant practice of theory (implicit as well as explicit); the distinct ethos with which he addresses political sociology (in the dual form of a sociology analyzing the effects of the political productions of populations categories and a so-called ‘civic sociology’); and finally, the persistent and ubiquitous critique of everything in existence – a thematic indicator permeating each and every one of his works. Thus the article proposes a unifying reading of Wacquant as an interpretation advocating revitalization of a critical social science.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThesis Eleven
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)39-54
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2016


  • critique
  • generic sociology
  • historical epistemology
  • sociological reflexivity
  • Wacquant

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