Specially selected by Diane Reay, this is a collection of innovative and thought-provoking recently published papers that 'use' Bourdieu to put theory into practice in order to understand and analyse educational problems. Bourdieu's work is renowned for its focus on inequalities and its centering of social justice.
The contributions utilise a wide range of diverse concepts in Bourdieu's theoretical 'tool-kit', and address educational inequalities across different aspects of the educational system – from higher education and parental choice of schooling, to teachers' professional development and the PE classroom. Illuminating key aspects of Bourdieu's scholarship, they reveal how good Bourdieu is 'for thinking with’; illustrate the merits of reflexivity, the move beyond binary ways of reading the social world; and demonstrate the significance of power in any analysis of education.
The chapters in this book were all originally published as articles in Taylor and Francis journals.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The practical importance of Bourdieu’s analyses of higher education 2. How Bourdieu bites back: recognising misrecognition in education and educational research 3. Emotional Capital and Education: Theoretical Insights from Bourdieu 4. The power of one? Conditions which challenge managerial professional development practices 5. Using Bourdieu in practice? Urban secondary teachers’ and students’ experiences of a Bourdieusian-inspired pedagogical approach 6. Education and Cultural Capital: The Implications of Changing Trends in Education Policies 7. Fields and institutional strategy: Bourdieu on the relationship between higher education, inequality and society 8. Violent youth or violent schools? A critical incident analysis of symbolic violence 9. Bourdieu and the Social Space of the PE Class: Reproduction of Doxa through Practice 10. Mainland Chinese students at an elite Hong Kong university: habitus–field disjuncture in a transborder context 11. Cultural capital as whiteness? Examining logics of ethno-racial representation and resistance 12. Student retention in higher education: the role of institutional habitus
Diane Reay is a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, UK and Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her main research interests are social justice issues in education, Pierre Bourdieu's social theory and cultural analyses of social class, race and gender. Her most recent book is Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes (2017).