`Out on the borderlands`: Time, generation and personal agency in women`s lives

MacKinnon, Alison and Bullen, Elizabeth 2005, `Out on the borderlands`: Time, generation and personal agency in women`s lives, Theory and research in education, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 31-46.

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Title `Out on the borderlands`: Time, generation and personal agency in women`s lives
Author(s) MacKinnon, Alison
Bullen, Elizabeth
Journal name Theory and research in education
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 31
End page 46
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1477-8785
1741-3192
Keyword(s) daughters
gender
generation
history
memory
mothers
repetition
schooling
Summary What tools can we use in attempting to understand the recurring patterns of some girls’ early school leaving and consequent exclusion from well-paid employment? From which disciplinary fields can we take them? Using Bourdieu’s concept of the ‘scholastic point of view’ - the inherent intellectual bias of a discipline, in his case sociology - as a springboard, we suggest that if one turns to different ‘fields’, approaches might be found which point towards differing perspectives. This article brings Bourdieu into dialogue with the work of feminist historians and their conceptual tools. Carolyn Steedman’s notion of the politics of envy and Sally Alexander’s appropriation from psychoanalysis of the idea of repetition offer generative ways of exploring the ‘unthought categories of thought which delimit the thinkable and predetermine the thought’ (Bourdieu and Wacquant, 1992: 40). In their focus on gender, they have much in common with feminist sociologists’ responses to Bourdieu’s work, suggesting that a gendered ‘perspective’ offers a way of avoiding the ‘singular viewpoint’ inherent in any one discipline.
Notes The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Theory and Research in Education, 3/1, © 2005, Sage Publications by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Theory and Research in Education page: http://tre.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/
Language eng
Field of Research 160809 Sociology of Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2005, Sage Publications
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