Bourdieu and higher education research: a bricolage approach

MORRISON, Andrew (2017). Bourdieu and higher education research: a bricolage approach. Higher Education Review, 49 (3), 53-75.

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I argue for the continuing relevance of the Bourdieusian theoretical schema to research related to higher education. The paper discusses my use of Bourdieu in two research projects: an examination of the educational and occupational decision-making of final-year vocational A-level students; an analysis of the perceptions of final-year undergraduates regarding possible barriers to obtaining employment within primary teaching in the UK. Both investigations offered evidence of classed inequalities which shaped the ‘horizons for action’ of the student samples. I argue that Bourdieu offers a means of making visible such inequalities although his concepts may sometimes be employed to best effect in concert with other theoretical resources. In the paper, I provide examples where I have taken this approach.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Institute of Education
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion
Page Range: 53-75
Depositing User: Andrew Morrison
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2017 09:36
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:46

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