23 SES 12 B, Radical Social Theory for Radical Times: Putting Theory to Work in Educational Research II
Symposium, Part 2
The core of Bourdieu’s relational theory-as-method consists of the inseparable concepts of field and habitus. All too often, however, these concepts are used in an isolated, de-radicalised way (Reay, 2004). This paper therefore focuses on Bourdieu’s concept of illusio – our commitment to participating in a field and our investment in its ‘stakes’. Rarely discussed beyond Bourdieu’s own writings, it is central to his thinking, and crucial to understanding the articulation between the bounded agency of habitus and the determinations of the field. The paper applies this theorisation to a qualitative case study of professionals supporting young people’s school-to-work transitions in England. This case has wider implications across Europe, given its setting in a context of austerity measures impacting sharply on educational provision. Government austerity policies shifted the ‘stakes’ of this field from client-centred ethical practice to the meeting of economic targets, shaking the illusio of practitioners within it, eroding the fit between their habitus and the field, and reducing professional capacity as some chose to quit Connexions on ethical grounds. This ethical corrosion has particularly vital implications in times of economic crisis, for educational policy as well as for professional practice, for learners and for educational research itself.
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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
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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
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