Category Archives: Bourdieu

Bourdieu and Social Movements: Considering Identity Movements in Terms of Field, Capital and Habitus

This article examines the explanatory capacity of Pierre Bourdieu’s work in relation to social movements and, in particular, identity movements. It aims to provide a theoretical framework drawing on Bourdieu’s central concepts of field, capital and habitus. These concepts are … Continue reading

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Building Students’ ‘Cultural Capital’

Students who are the first in their families to attend college face a set of disadvantages in terms of college enrollment, persistence, and graduation — a vexing problem, to be sure, since virtually nothing can be done retroactively to change … Continue reading

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Social and Cultural Capital in Creativity

A great part of creative activities arises from the interactions between individuals and their sociocultural environments. The aim of this article is to explore the relationship between learners’ creativity and their social and cultural capital. The findings of the present study … Continue reading

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Habitus: A Sense of Place

“Habitus” is a concept developed by the late French sociologist, Pierre Bourdieu, as a ‘sense of one’s place … a sense of the other’s place’. It relates to our perceptions of the positions (or ‘place‘) of ourselves and other people … Continue reading

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Bourdieu – Reproduction in education, society and culture

The way in which the ruling ideas of a social system are related to structures of class, production and power, and how these are legitimated and perpetuated, is fundamental to the sociological project. In this second edition of this classic … Continue reading

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Reproduction and Transformation of Inequalities in Schooling – The Theoretical Constructs of Bourdieu

This article is concerned with the theoretical constructs of Bourdieu and their contribution to understanding the reproduction of social and cultural inequalities in schooling. While Bourdieu has been criticised for his reproductive emphasis, this article proposes that there is transformative … Continue reading

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Pierre Bourdieu and Worldwide Higher Education

Read This paper maps the global dimension of higher education and associated research, including the differentiation of national systems and institutions, while reflecting critically on theoretical tools for working this terrain. Arguably the most sustained theorisation of higher education is … Continue reading

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Fields and Institutional Strategy – Bourdieu on the Relationship between Higher Education, Inequality and Society

This paper takes as its focus the concept of “field”, which has received relatively less attention than Bourdieu’s other concepts such as “cultural capital” and “habitus” in the sociology of education. The development of the concept is outlined to present … Continue reading

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Emotional Capital and Education – Theoretical Insights from Bourdieu

Read This article seeks to explore existing conceptualisations of emotional capital in educational research, and to undertake a critical analysis of these conceptualisations, including a reflection on my own explorations of teachers’ and students’ emotional practices. Drawing from Bourdieu’s work, … Continue reading

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Class, Culture and the Predicaments of Masculine Domination – Encountering Pierre Bourdieu

This paper seeks to outline and evaluate Pierre Bourdieu’s work as it has appeared most recently in feminist studies and the field of gender and education. In particular, it suggests ways in which Bourdieu’s theoretical insights could be seen to … Continue reading

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