1st Edition

Pierre Bourdieu and Literacy Education

Edited By James Albright, Allan Luke Copyright 2008
    392 Pages
    by Routledge

    392 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this volume scholars from around the world focus on how a Bourdieusian stance can enable a powerful socicultural and cultural analysis of literacy education theory and practice and serve as an effective tool in analyzing relations of hierarchy and domination. Although there has been a growing body of Bourdieusian-inspired research in various sectors of education, this book is the first to present both theoretical and practical articulation of his ideas in the field of literacy education. It brings together three major clusters of work:

    • Rethinking of the doxa of the social fields of language and literacy education
    • Explorations of alternative objectifications of educational fields forming around cultural and linguistic minorities, new media and technologies
    • Studies on the formation of the literate habitus in homes and classrooms, curriculum and schooling, and addresses theoretical, policy and practical directions

    Pierre Bourdieu and Literacy Education is intended for researchers, practitioners, and graduate students in literacy education, sociology of education, and curriculum theory, and as a text for advanced courses in these areas.

    @contents: Selected Contents:

    Preface, James Albright and Allan Luke

    Part One: Objectifying the Field

    1. Introduction: Renewing the Cultural Politics of Literacy Education, James Albright and Allan Luke

    2. Problematics and Generative Possibilities, James Albright

    3. Pierre Bourdieu: A Biographical Memoir, Claire Kramsch

    4. Bourdieu and "Literacy Education", Monica Heller

    5. Pedagogy as Gift, Allan Luke

    Part Two: Producing the Field

    6. The Field of Arabic Instruction in the Zionist State, Allon J. Uhlmann

    7. Wireless Technology and the Prospect of Alternative Education Reform, Mark Dressman and Phillip Wilder

    8. Towards a Pedagogy of the Popular: Bourdieu, Hip-Hop, and Out-of-School Literacies, Marc Lamont Hill

    9. Critical Race Perspectives, Bourdieu and Language Education, Rachel Grant and Shelley Wong

    Part Three: Habitus and Other

    10. Tracing Habitus in Texts: Narratives of Loss, Displacement and Migration in Homes, Kate Pahl

    11. The Capital of "Attentive Silence" and Its Impact on English Language and Literacy Education, Tara Goldstein

    12. Improvising on Artistic Habitus: Sedimenting Identity into Art, Jennifer Rowsell

    13. Social Hierarchies and Identity Politics, Jessica Zacher

    14. A "Head Start and a Credit": Analyzing Cultural Capital in the Basic Writing/ESOL Classroom, Mary Jane Curry

    15. Implications of Practice, Activity, and Semiotic Theory for Cognitive Constructs of Writing, Robert J. Bracewell and Stephen P. Witte

    Part Four: Remaking the Field

    16. Learning from Our Failures,  James Albright

    17. Using Bourdieu to Make Policy: Mobilising Community Capital and Literacy, Allan Luke

    Postscript, James Collins


    Albright, James; Luke, Allan

    "... a unique attempt to deepen current understanding and use of Bourdieu in educational theory and practice. This volume promises to be a leading resource for literacy researchers seeking to investigate the theories of Bourdieu."

    Joanne Larson, University of Rochester, New York, United States