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Answering back to policy? Headteachers’ stress and the logic of the sympathetic interview

Thomson, Pat 2008, Answering back to policy? Headteachers’ stress and the logic of the sympathetic interview, Journal of education policy, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 649-667, doi: 10.1080/02680930802214248.

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Title Answering back to policy? Headteachers’ stress and the logic of the sympathetic interview
Author(s) Thomson, Pat
Journal name Journal of education policy
Volume number 23
Issue number 6
Start page 649
End page 667
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2008-11
ISSN 0268-0939
1464-5106
Keyword(s) headteachers
stress
media
Bourdieu
Summary Headteacher workloads are often in the news. Long hours, punitive audit regimes and excessive amounts of paperwork take their toll on many, including John Illingworth, former National Union of Teachers (UK) President, and ex primary headteacher. In this paper, I investigate a UK BBC Radio 4 human interest interview conducted with Illingworth by the usually acerbic John Humphrys. Mobilising Bourdieu’s notion of field, I examine the interview and argue that the analysis suggests that the media game of market share and the doxa of the fourth estate might work to delimit the capacity of such interviews to speak truth to policy power.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02680930802214248
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
160506 Education Policy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30026404

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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