Over a career spanning forty years, Basil Bernstein produced theoretical models about the workings of educational systems, and how these systems produce social relations of inequality. He was considered by many to be a radical scholar whose work generated enormous controversies. One such controversy was around code theory, and the unfortunately named restricted and elaborated codes which came to signify—for some scholars—the deficit views of those living in poverty. Bernstein weathered the intensity of the debates around these ideas, spending much of his career vehemently challenging deficit portrayals of code theory, reworking and extending his theoretical corpus with the development of ideas around pedagogic discourse and identity.
The past decade has witnessed a revival of interest in Bernstein’s theoretical ideas across fields as diverse as policy studies, sociology of education, curriculum and pedagogy studies, anthropology, linguistics, and social and cultural psychology. This book contributes to the revival of Bernstein’s work by examining specifically women’s contribution to this theoretical corpus. The contributions traverse a number of disciplines, building a rich tapestry of concepts to think about education systems and the formation of social minds. Significantly the book tackles the complex matter of how to empirically work with Bernstein’s ideas, and so contribute to debates about the nexus between theory and methods. The chapters in this book were originally published as articles in Taylor and Francis journals.
Introduction Parlo Singh
1. Ways of Meaning, Ways of Learning: code as an explanatory concept Ruqaiya Hasan
2. Pedagogic practices in the family socializing context and children’s school achievement Isabel P. Neves and Ana M. Morais
3. Literacy and Pedagogy in Flux: constructing the object of study from a Bernsteinian perspective Gemma Moss
4. Explorations in policy enactment: feminist thought experiments with Basil Bernstein’s code theory Parlo Singh, Barbara Pini and Kathryn Glasswell
5. Britton and Bernstein on Vygotsky: divergent views on mind and language in the pedagogic context Moira Inghilleri
6. Pedagogic discourse and sex education: myths, science and subversion Gabrielle Ivinson
7. From psychic defences to social defences. Recontextualizing strategies and Klein’s theory of ego development Claudia Lapping