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Dakka, Fadia – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
This article explores the powerful yet contradictory role of neoliberalism, its competitive mechanisms and emotional logics. Theoretically, it reviews the shifting state-higher education-market nexus through the lens of a critical cultural political economy paradigm. Conceptually, it closely examines Davies' work on the 'logic of competition'…
Descriptors: Role, Neoliberalism, Competition, Knowledge Economy
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Gray, Emily M.; Nicholas, Lucy – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2019
In 2016 the world witnessed a consolidation of a western brand of political 'populist authoritarianism' that is anti-globalisationalist and creates 'shared objects of loathing' in the popular imagination. This article engages with the implications of this affective and masculinist 'post-truth' era for higher education and analyses the narratives…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Masculinity, Social Theories, Gender Issues
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Shahjahan, Riyad A.; Morgan, Clara – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2016
While scholars have analyzed global higher education (HE) competition, they have largely failed to address how global spaces of equivalence are tied both to coloniality and to competition. Using the OECD's International Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) as a case study and drawing on concepts from coloniality including…
Descriptors: Competition, International Education, Outcomes of Education, Political Influences
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Kauppinen, Ilkka – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2015
This article draws attention to the relative lack of theoretically and methodologically elaborated approaches to understand and explain the complex relations between transnationalization of higher education and globalization seen especially from the point of view of global capitalism. The main aim of this article is to contribute to the…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Higher Education, Educational Theories, Social Systems
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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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Brancaleone, David; O'Brien, Stephen – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
If managerialism points to the ideological foundations and bureaucratisation of contemporary education, marketisation signals its commodification, image and exchange. This paper brings to bear the prevailing influence of marketisation on education. It begins with a brief description of the European context and development of learning outcomes, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Commercialization, Role of Education, Outcomes of Education
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Clegg, Sue – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
This paper explores some of the unresolved tensions in higher education systems and the contradiction between widening participation and the consolidation of social position. It shows how concepts of capital derived from Bourdieu, Coleman and Putnam provide a powerful basis for critique, but risk a deficit view of students from less privileged…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Policy, Cultural Capital, Criticism
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Lynch, Kathleen – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2010
Len Barton is acutely aware of the power of the academy to either enhance critical thinking or to depress it. He is a true academic, never accepting the received wisdom or perspective of any given sociological standpoint, no matter how powerful or fashionable it was at the time. He has encouraged and promoted a unique blend of professional and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Social Justice, Ideology
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Waters, Johanna; Brooks, Rachel – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2010
To date, scholarship on international students has generally focused on flows from non-western economies to the main English-speaking destination countries (such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia). In contrast, we draw on a qualitative study of 85 UK students who have either completed or are considering undertaking a degree…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Criticism, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students
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Strathdee, Rob – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2009
The present paper raises questions about the use of the concept of reputation in sociological studies of the relationship between higher education and the labour market. Sociologists of education have yet to subject the concept of reputation to sustained critique and evaluation. This situation is unsatisfactory because a number of critical…
Descriptors: Reputation, Educational Sociology, Higher Education, Concept Formation
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Brooks, Rachel – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2007
Theorists of friendship in contemporary society have suggested that our relationships with peers are characterised by their emphasis on openness, disclosure and emotional communication. Moreover, Beck and Beck-Gernsheim argue that friendship, as a deliberately sought, trusting partnership between two people, can play an important role in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Friendship, College Students, Peer Relationship
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Kettley, Nigel – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2007
The provisions of the Higher Education Act (2004) have renewed interest in widening participation research. Therefore, this paper explores the development of this scholarly field, primarily in the United Kingdom, by examining major trends in the study of higher education. Political debates related to higher education, the prevailing structure of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Social Characteristics, Educational Policy
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Beck, John; Young, Michael F. D. – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2005
This paper draws upon a range of ideas and concepts developed by the British sociologist Basil Bernstein to examine recent challenges and changes encountered by members of professional occupations, including those who teach and research in higher education. The paper discusses and seeks to develop Bernstein's analysis of how particular…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Research, Teaching (Occupation), Identification (Psychology)
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Lapping, Claudia – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2005
Based on data drawn from an empirical research project in four UK universities, this article presents a picture of student positions in undergraduate classes as a product of the relationship between the discursive fields of discipline, institution and gender. It begins by providing a description of some contrasting features of academic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Conflict, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines
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Vidovich, Lesley – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2004
This paper moves beyond a conceptualization of globalization as a top-down imposition of policy directions 'from above' to focus on the active two-way dynamics between global, national and local levels of policy processes. Arguably, the particular 'case' examined here of 'quality' policy is especially appropriate as quality policy and…
Descriptors: Globalization, Higher Education, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries
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