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Bringing Bourdieu to policy sociology : codification, misrecognition and exchange value in the UK context

Thomson, Pat 2005, Bringing Bourdieu to policy sociology : codification, misrecognition and exchange value in the UK context, Journal of education policy, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 741-758, doi: 10.1080/02680930500238929.

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Title Bringing Bourdieu to policy sociology : codification, misrecognition and exchange value in the UK context
Author(s) Thomson, Pat
Journal name Journal of education policy
Volume number 20
Issue number 6
Start page 741
End page 758
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2005-11
ISSN 0268-0939
1464-5106
Summary The task of social scientists is to find ways of investigating and understanding the social, political and economic world, in order to offer insights into everyday and public life in the past, present and future. Bourdieu’s tool kit offers a particular way of theorizing the rules, narratives and self-held truths of social phenomena and of educational policy as a specific object of analysis. In this article I develop a series of propositions about the ways in which field theory might be applied to explain the abrupt public policy shift effected by the Thatcher government and the adjustments made to it by the Blair government. I suggest that a Bourdieuian approach shows policy working as a means of codification, as a doxa of misrecognition and as currency exchange within and across fields. I conclude with some thoughts about the difficulties of explicating interactions between fields.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02680930500238929
Field of Research 160506 Education Policy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30026412

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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