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The challenge of Bourdieu’s relational ontology for international comparative research in academic governance practice

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posted on 2019-01-01, 00:00 authored by Julie Rowlands, Shaun RawolleShaun Rawolle
This chapter draws on Bourdieu’s theory of practice and the outcomes of a study conducted in the USA and Australia to consider the current dearth of cross-national empirical research into academic governance practice. In the context of Bourdieu’s relational ontology, within which meaning is generated through social and structural relations (and the relationship between the two), this lack of cross-national research into academic governance practice presents a methodological as well as an empirical problem. It significantly limits broader understandings of higher education fields at local, national and global levels. Thinking with and through Bourdieu, this chapter seeks to demonstrate that Bourdieu’s conceptual tools, emphasising his theory of fields but also including habitus, capital and practice, can assist in identifying not only some possible reasons why this research is not being done but also why such research is so important

History

Chapter number

7

Pagination

124-144

ISBN-13

9780429202063

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2020, Taylor & Francis

Extent

12

Editor/Contributor(s)

Lynch J, Rowlands J, Gale T, Parker S

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Place of publication

London, Eng.

Title of book

Practice methodologies in education research