23 SES 11 B, Radical Social Theory for Radical Times: Putting Theory to Work in Educational Research I
Symposium, Part 1
Bourdieu used field, along with habitus and capital, to uncover the workings of power and inequality in particular social spaces. However, as various analyses of his work have shown (Grenfell and James, 1998; Harker, Mahar and Wilkes, 1990; Martin, 2003; Warde, 2004), Bourdieu refined and adapted his theoretical tools over time, in order to understand changing social conditions. In relation to higher education (HE), he moved from emphasising the autonomy of the HE field, to a consideration of the power struggles involved as a result of the growing heteronomy of the field (Deer, 2003; Maton, 2005). Critical accounts of Bourdieu’s work suggest that his tools can be further refined and adapted to help develop understandings of current conditions (Mills, 2008; Naidoo, 2004). This paper considers how field as a concept may be useful at a time of challenge and change to HE on a global scale. A specific example of the application of ‘field’ to a study of diversification of HE is offered. The paper concludes by considering the strengths and limitations of using Bourdieu’s tools for understanding the impact of austerity measures on opportunities to participate in HE.
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Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
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Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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