Researching social inequalities in education: towards a Bourdieuian methodology

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Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor. 2007. "Researching social inequalities in education: towards a Bourdieuian methodology." International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. 20 (4), pp. 433-447. https://doi.org/10.1080/09518390601176523
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Researching social inequalities in education: towards a Bourdieuian methodology

ERA Journal ID19965
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMills, Carmen (Author) and Gale, Trevor (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Journal Citation20 (4), pp. 433-447
Number of Pages15
Year2007
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon. United Kingdom
ISSN0951-8398
1366-5898
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09518390601176523
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09518390601176523
Abstract

The injustices of 'allowing certain people to succeed, based not upon merit but upon the cultural experiences, the social ties and the economic resources they have access to, often remains unacknowledged in the broader society' (Wacquant, 1998, p. 216). Cognizant of this, we argue that education requires researchers' renewed examination and explanation of its involvement in the construction of social and economic differences. Specifically, we make the case for researchers to consider the theoretical work of Pierre Bourdieu, outlining what we understand by a Bourdieuian methodology, which is informed by socially critical and post-structural understandings of the world. Such methodology attempts to dig beneath surface appearances, asking how social systems work. By asking 'whose interests are being served and how' (Tripp, 1998, p. 37) in the social arrangements we find, Bourdieu can help us to 'work towards a more just social order' (Lenzo, 1995, p. 17).

Keywordseducational philosophy; Pierre Bourdieu
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
500321. Social and political philosophy
441005. Social theory
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Monash University
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