Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Field of Cultural Production

This explains why writers' efforts to control the reception of their own works are always partially doomed to failure (one thinks of Marx's 'I am not a Marxist'); if only because the very effect of their work may transform the conditions of its reception and because they would not have had to write many things they did write and write them as they did.

The Field of Cultural Production, Pierre Bourdieu

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