Opportunity and resignation within marginalised students: Towards a theorisation of the reproductive and transformative habitus

Mills, Carmen (2008) Opportunity and resignation within marginalised students: Towards a theorisation of the reproductive and transformative habitus. Critical Studies in Education, 49 2: 99-111. doi:10.1080/17508480802040191

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Author Mills, Carmen
Title Opportunity and resignation within marginalised students: Towards a theorisation of the reproductive and transformative habitus
Journal name Critical Studies in Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1750-8487
Publication date 2008-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17508480802040191
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 49
Issue 2
Start page 99
End page 111
Total pages 13
Editor Trevor. G.
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
160809 Sociology of Education
939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Abstract Drawing on the voices of students, parents and teachers from a secondary school located in a regional area of Australia in a township characterised by its high welfare dependency and Indigenous population, this article explores the tensions between how marginalised students see themselves and how they are seen by their peers, teachers and fellow community members, with reference to Bourdieu's concept of habitus. The article moves towards a theorisation of a reproductive habitus (those who recognise the constraint of social conditions and conditionings and tend to read the future that fits them) and a transformative habitus (those who recognise the capacity for improvisation and tend to generate opportunities for action in the social field). While some teachers appear to be attempting a transformation of students, the article concludes that instead, teachers should value and give voice to who students are, as they identify themselves. They should be more concerned to transform schooling; to provide educational opportunities that transform the life experiences of and open up opportunities for all young people, especially those disadvantaged by poverty and marginalised by difference.
Keyword Bourdieu
Educational disadvantage
Habitus
Social justice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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