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Metaphor as a methodological tool : identifying teachers’ social justice dispositions across diverse secondary school settings

Mills, C, Molla, T, Gale, Trevor, Cross, R, Parker, Stephen and Smith, Catherine 2016, Metaphor as a methodological tool : identifying teachers’ social justice dispositions across diverse secondary school settings, British journal of sociology of education, vol. 38, no. 6, pp. 1-17, doi: 10.1080/01425692.2016.1182009.

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Title Metaphor as a methodological tool : identifying teachers’ social justice dispositions across diverse secondary school settings
Author(s) Mills, C
Molla, T
Gale, TrevorORCID iD for Gale, Trevor orcid.org/0000-0003-3927-9267
Cross, R
Parker, Stephen
Smith, Catherine
Journal name British journal of sociology of education
Volume number 38
Issue number 6
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Basingstoke, Eng.
Publication date 2016-05
ISSN 0142-5692
1465-3346
Keyword(s) Social justice
metaphor
Bourdieu
dispositions
teachers
secondary school
Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
Sociology
Summary This article investigates the social justice dispositions of teachers and principals in secondary schools as inferred from their metaphoric expressions. Drawing on a Bourdieuian account of disposition, our focus is the use of metaphor as a methodological tool to identify and reveal these otherwise latent forces within our data. Our analysis shows evidence of redistributive, recognitive and activist conceptions of social justice. We argue that these three social justice dispositions may be insufficient to meaningfully address persisting inequalities in the school system and that a capability-based social justice disposition – absent in our data – is needed. We conclude by highlighting that: social justice dispositions can change; a valid interpretation of metaphors requires ‘contextual stabilization’; and metaphors for social justice are differently constructed in different contexts, influenced by the different social, cultural and material conditions of schools.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/01425692.2016.1182009
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1608 Sociology
1399 Other Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Informa UK
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085943

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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