Reproduction and transformation of inequalities in schooling: The transformative potential of the theoretical constructs of Bourdieu

Mills, C. (2008) Reproduction and transformation of inequalities in schooling: The transformative potential of the theoretical constructs of Bourdieu. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 29 1: 79-89. doi:10.1080/01425690701737481

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Author Mills, C.
Title Reproduction and transformation of inequalities in schooling: The transformative potential of the theoretical constructs of Bourdieu
Journal name British Journal of Sociology of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0142-5692
1465-3346
Publication date 2008-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01425690701737481
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 29
Issue 1
Start page 79
End page 89
Total pages 11
Editor L. Barton
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
160809 Sociology of Education
939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Abstract This article is concerned with the theoretical constructs of Bourdieu and their contribution to understanding the reproduction of social and cultural inequalities in schooling. While Bourdieu has been criticised for his reproductive emphasis, this article proposes that there is transformative potential in his theoretical constructs and that these suggest possibilities for schools and teachers to improve the educational outcomes of marginalised students. The article draws together three areas of contribution to this theme of transformation; beginning by characterising habitus as constituted by reproductive and transformative traits and considering the possibilities for the restructuring of students’ habitus. This is followed by a discussion of cultural capital and the way that teachers can draw upon a variety of cultural capitals to act as agents of transformation rather than reproduction. The article concludes by considering the necessity of a transformation of the field to improve the educational outcomes of marginalised students.
Keyword Bordieu
Reproduction
Transformation
Habitus
Cultural capital
Field
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes "This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in British Journal of Sociology of Education on January 2008, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01425690701737481."

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