Pierre Bourdieu was an influential anthropologist, sociologist and philosopher who is credited with his pioneering work in the investigative frameworks of cultural, social, and symbolic capital. He is also credited with the concepts of habitus, field or location, and symbolic violence.
Bourdieu was born in Denguin, in southern France on 1 August 1930. He wed Marie-Claire Brizard in 1962 and had three sons. Bourdieu died of cancer at the age of 71 on 23 January 2002. For many, Bourdieu is the leading intellectual of present-day France.
Bourdieu was educated at the lycée in Pau, he then moved to Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris from which he gained entrance to the Ecole Normale Supérieure where he studied philosophy with Louis Althusser. Bourdieu's first book was entitled Sociologie de L'Algerie (The Algerians), his first book was met with immediate success in France and was later published in America in 1962.