Researching social inequalities in education: towards a Bourdieuian methodology

Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor (2007) Researching social inequalities in education: towards a Bourdieuian methodology. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 20 (4). pp. 433-447. ISSN 0951-8398

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Abstract

The injustices of 'allowing certain people to succeed, based not upon merit but upon the cultural experiences, the social ties and the economic resources they have access to, often remains unacknowledged in the broader society' (Wacquant, 1998, p. 216). Cognizant of this, we argue that education requires researchers' renewed examination and explanation of its involvement in the construction of social and economic differences. Specifically, we make the case for researchers to consider the theoretical work of Pierre Bourdieu, outlining what we understand by a Bourdieuian methodology, which is informed by socially critical and post-structural understandings of the world. Such methodology attempts to dig beneath surface appearances, asking how social systems work. By asking 'whose interests are being served and how' (Tripp, 1998, p. 37) in the social arrangements we find, Bourdieu can help us to 'work towards a more just social order' (Lenzo, 1995, p. 17).


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author Posting. Copyright, Taylor & Francis, 2007. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Taylor & Francis for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Volume 20 Issue 4, July 2007. doi:10.1080/09518390601176523 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09518390601176523)
Depositing User: Dr Carmen Mills
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:10
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2013 04:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: educational philosophy; Pierre Bourdieu
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220319 Social Philosophy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1080/09518390601176523
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2576

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