Researching social inequalities in education : towards a Bourdieuian methodology

Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor 2007, Researching social inequalities in education : towards a Bourdieuian methodology, International journal of qualitative studies in education, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 433-447, doi: 10.1080/09518390601176523.

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Title Researching social inequalities in education : towards a Bourdieuian methodology
Author(s) Mills, Carmen
Gale, TrevorORCID iD for Gale, Trevor
Journal name International journal of qualitative studies in education
Volume number 20
Issue number 4
Start page 433
End page 447
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, U. K.
Publication date 2007-07
ISSN 0951-8398
Summary The injustices of ‘allowing certain people to succeed, based not upon merit but upon the cultural experiences, the social ties and the economic resources they have access to, often remains unacknowledged in the broader society’ (Wacquant, 1998, p. 216). Cognizant of this, the authors argue that education requires researchers’ renewed examination and explanation of its involvement in the construction of social and economic differences. Specifically, they make the case for researchers to consider the theoretical work of Pierre Bourdieu, outlining what they understand by a Bourdieuian methodology, which is informed by socially critical and poststructural understandings of the world. Such methodology attempts to dig beneath surface appearances, asking how social systems work. By asking ‘whose interests are being served and how’ (Tripp, 1998, p. 37) in the social arrangements we find, Bourdieu can help us to ‘work towards a more just social order’ (Lenzo, 1995, p. 17).
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09518390601176523
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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