The career of Leo Ferre: a Bourdieusian analysis

PG Hawkins

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This article attempts a retrospective of the career of Leo Ferre, French anarchist singer-songwriter, poet and composer, some ten years after his death in 1993. The approach used, inspired by the cultural sociology of Pierre Bourdieu, applies the notions of the field of cultural production, symbolic capital and symbolic violence to analyse Ferre's cultural production, identified as intervening in three main fields: popular chanson, and poetry. Ferre's political views are reviewed separately as a persnal creed, not a programme of action.
Translated title of the contributionThe career of Leo Ferre: a Bourdieusian analysis
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55 - 67
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003

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