Derek Robbins provides the first complete assessment of the sociological achievements of one of the key European sociologists of the 20th century. Bourdieu has made decisive contributions to theory, method and professional practice. All are discussed here, providing an unparalleled distillation of Bourdieu's work. The collection: offers a systematic understanding and evaluation of Bourdieu's sociology; demonstrates the relation of Bourdieu to wider research traditions in the social sciences; faithfully represents Bourdieu's multidisciplinarianism; explains why Bourdieu is a key 20th century sociologist. The collection is edited by one of Europe's leading commentators on Bourdieu. The four volumes stand as the benchmark work on a sociologist who has left an indelible mark on the 20th century and whose legacy will be intensively debated into the next millenium.