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Atkinson, Will – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
This paper expresses serious reservations regarding the increasingly popular Bourdieu-inspired notions of "institutional habitus" and "family habitus" in education research. Although sympathetic to the overall theoretical approach and persuaded of the veracity and importance of the empirical findings they are used to illuminate, it argues that,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Research, School Culture, Cultural Capital
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Kidman, Joanna; Abrams, Eleanor; McRae, Hiria – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
The perspectives of indigenous science learners in developed nations offer an important but frequently overlooked dimension to debates about the nature of science, the science curriculum, and calls from educators to make school science more culturally responsive or "relevant" to students from indigenous or minority groups. In this paper…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Indigenous Populations, Scientific Principles, Foreign Countries
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Daniels, Harry – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2010
This paper is concerned with the way we understand and investigate the relationship between human functioning and social setting. The central argument draws on the work of Bernstein and Vygotsky. A novel approach to the study of the mutual shaping of human action and institutional settings is developed and an empirical example of its application…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Welfare, Organizational Development, Professional Development
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Bansel, Peter; Davies, Bronwyn; Laws, Cath; Linnell, Sheridan – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2009
In this paper the four authors explore the experience of school bullying, drawing on stories of bullying generated in a collective biography workshop and on fictional accounts of bullying. They counter the current trend of reading bullying as individual or family pathology with a post-structuralist analysis of subjectification and power.
Descriptors: Bullying, Workshops, Biographies, Power Structure
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Apple, Michael W. – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1996
Provides an overview of the main theories, developments, and literature of critically-oriented sociology. Pays particular attention to the politics of meaning including critical discourse analysis, identity politics, racial formation, and political economy and the labor process. Concludes with a discussion of the tensions between postmodern and…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Cultural Context, Cultural Influences, Educational Environment
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Grant, Barbara – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1997
Contends that Foucaultian analysis of universities as disciplinary blocks points to ways that students are disciplined by technologies of domination and of the self (practices adopted to be "good" students). Maintains that because power relations are only present between "acting subjects," possibilities for resistance against…
Descriptors: College Students, Discipline, Educational Environment, Higher Education
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Pilkington, Andrew – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1999
Explores the debate in Great Britain, centered on whether schools are racist, on how to account for ethnic differentials in educational achievement. This debate is part of a wider debate on the purposes of educational research. Argues for caution in viewing racial discrimination as the major factor for ethnic differences. (CMK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Environment, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education
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Daniels, Harry – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1995
Investigates the relationship between the social organization and educational practices of schools and how they relate to students' ability to recognize differences between curriculum-specific talk. The study recorded students' observations regarding Mathematics and Art to determine their ability to speak in subject-specific ways teachers deem…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Communication (Thought Transfer)