Photography: A Middle-Brow Art by Pierre Bourdieu

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By Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) used to be the most influential social scientists of the 20 th century. A professor of sociology on the Collège de France, he's the writer of thirty-six books, together with contrast, named one of many 20th centurys ten most vital works of sociology.

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Troops from 40 Commando take up positions during operations to secure Al Faw and Umm Qasr. British Paras securing an Iraqi pipeline before more sabotage could take place. 56mm asault rifle. 37 Book-Iraq War_Modern Warfare 05/02/2014 13:19 Page 38 1st royal regiment of Fusiliers with a milan anti-tank weapon on the outskirts of Basra on 25 march. British AS90s bombarding Basra’s defences on 28 march. 38 Book-Iraq War_Modern Warfare 05/02/2014 13:19 Page 39 Commandos from 42 Commando being flown into the Umm Qasr area on 29 march 2003 by naval Air Squadrons operating from HmS Ocean.

Attacks were conducted by US air wings based in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and with the USS Constellation (CVn 64) and Harry S Truman (CVn 75) CBGs. Strike aircraft included carrier-based F-14d tomcats, F/A-18C/e/F Hornets and eA-6B Prowlers, and land-based F-15 and F-16. US airpower had been greatly enhanced by the deployment of elements of the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th AeFs. notably, the 9th and 10th AeFs included F-15C eagles from langley Air Force Base’s (AFB) 1st Fighter Wing and F-16s from Spangdahlem in Germany.

An Irish Guards sniper covering a Warrior near the university factory complex in Basra. From this Iraqi stronghold British forces had to endure small arms, mortar and even surface-to-air missile fire. 41 Book-Iraq War_Modern Warfare 05/02/2014 13:19 Page 42 twenty-one days after the invasion of Iraq, 42 Commando trudge though Basra, supported by British Challenger 2s. A British Challenger supported by a US marine Seacobra probes Basra’s defences near Saddam’s palace. 42 Book-Iraq War_Modern Warfare 05/02/2014 13:19 Page 43 Kicking-in the door – royal marines of 42 Commando burst into Saddam’s Basra palace on 7 April 2003.

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