Throughout his career Bourdieu tried to reconcile theory and practice as interdependent entities, a key theme of his work overall and also a guiding theme throughout the chapters included in this edited text. This final chapter reflects on the different ways the contributions in this collection have applied Bourdieu’s ideas in educational research as both an object and means of investigation. We use this space to respond to some of the critical theory/ method issues raised by the different contributions, in particular exploring the benefits and drawbacks of applying Bourdieu in real-life educational contexts that do not always lend themselves easily to intellectual investigation.