The sociology of Pierre Bourdieu and researching education policy

Rawolle, S. and Lingard, R. (2008) The sociology of Pierre Bourdieu and researching education policy. Journal of Education Policy, 23 6: 729-741. doi:10.1080/02680930802262700

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Author Rawolle, S.
Lingard, R.
Title The sociology of Pierre Bourdieu and researching education policy
Journal name Journal of Education Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0268-0939
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02680930802262700
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 23
Issue 6
Start page 729
End page 741
Total pages 43
Editor Goodson, I.
Ball, S. J.
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
930403 School/Institution Policies and Development
Abstract Bourdieu did not write anything explicitly about education policy. Despite this neglect, we agree with van Zanten that his theoretical concepts and methodological approaches can contribute to researching and understanding education policy in the context of globalisation and the economising of it. In applying Bourdieu's theory and methodology to research in education policy, we focus on developing his work to understand what we call 'cross-field effects' and for exploring the emergence of a 'global education policy field'. These concepts are derived from some of our recent research concerning globalisation and mediatisation of education policy. The paper considers three separate issues. The first deals with Bourdieu's primary 'thinking tools', namely practice, habitus, capitals and fields and their application to policy studies. The second and third sections consider two additions to Bourdieu's thinking tools, as a way to reconceptualise the functioning of policy if considered as a social field. More specifically, the second section develops an argument around cross-field effects, as a way to group together, research and describe policy effects. The third section develops an argument about an emergent global education policy field, and considers ways that such a field affects national education policy fields.
Keyword Education & Educational Research
Education & Educational Research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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