Educational Leadership and Pierre Bourdieu

By Pat Thomson

© 2015 – Routledge

224 pages

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Hardback: 9780415603553
pub: 2016-03-15

About the Book

Bringing Bourdieu to the study of Education Management, Leadership and Administration assumes a normative opposition to a meritocratic view of education. Through a lifetime’s explication of the ways in which schooling both produces and reproduces the status quo, Bourdieu offers a powerful critique and method of analysis of the history of schooling and of contemporary educational polices and trends.

This volume will explain each of the key terms in Boudieu’s thinking tool kit, showing how the tripartite concepts of field, habitus and capitals offer a way through which to understand the interaction of structure and agency and the limits on the freedom of an individual – in this case educational leaders – to act. It will provide a range of exemplars of the application of these tools to questions of concern to the scholars in the field of educational leadership, and of interest to those whose primary focus is the utility of Bourdieu’s social theory.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Introducing Pierre Bourdieu 3. Why Bring Bourdieu to the Study of Educational Leadership? 4. Applying Bourdieu to ELMA 5. Applying Bourdieu to ELMA Helen Gunter 6. Applying Bourdieu to ELMA 6. Thinking with and against Bourdieu

About the Author

Pat Thomson is Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK.

About the Series

Critical Studies in Educational Leadership, Management and Administration

This series brings major theorists from the social and political sciences to critical studies of educational leadership, management and administration. The books provide accessible introductions to key theories combined with explanations of what they offer that will deepen, enliven and enrich studies of schools, further and higher education and adult and community education settings.

Topics covered are those which affect the everyday practices of leaders - social justice, media, markets, surveillance, values, communication, entrepreneurialism, risk management and accountability. The series provides theoretical and methodological resources for those who engaged in formal study of educational leadership, management and administration. It also offers alternative approaches to naming, framing and acting for those who are engaged in the practice of educational leadership, management or administration, or who are providing training and policy for practising educational leaders.

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