File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_1998/bourdieu.9804, message 86


Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 16:26:14 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Re: teaching undergrads Bourdieu -Reply



> But what is wrong with making them suffer thru texts?  Getting things, or
> getting Bourdieu or producing a doubled reading may not be the best thing!
> Having to really really struggle with a text is a wonderful thing and in
> the productivist mentality of capitalist academia, why should we be "more
> productive".  Forced to wrestle with texts, asking the questions that
> Bourdieu's text doesn't want asked may be the modus operandi of his work.
> confusion is a terrible thing to waste
> 

It very much depends on the level of the student.  
Can one not provide a way in, BEFORE they are expected to 'struggle with
the texts'.  Of course, struggling with a text can be very rewarding.  It
can also, for some students, be alienating.  
Throwing them into the deep end is not always the best way to teach people
how to swim.  Conversely, I'm not saying they should restrict themselves
to the shallow end.  The latter is just a good place to start.

Karl

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