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Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 16:25:29 PDT
Subject: Re: NEW PUBLICATION ON BOURDIEU AND EDUCATION


NOW PUBLISHED

BOURDIEU AND EDUCATION:
ACTS OF PRACTICAL THEORY
By MICHAEL GRENFELL AND DAVID JAMES

The work of the French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu has attracted a great deal of attention in the fields 
of social and educational research. This is the first dedicated examination of the application of 
Bourdieu's ideas to education.

The book begins with an overview of the major concepts in a Bourdieuian approach to research in 
education and an account of the reception of Bourdieu's thinking by the educational research community. 
The approach is then explored through a series of specific pedagogic research studies, looking at 
primary schooling, language in the classroom, young people's career decision making, and academic 
discourse. These studies show that Bourdieu's theory of practice can provide insights beyond many 
conventional approaches. 

Each contributor then draws on their experiences of using the ideas in order to raise issues of reflexivity 
in developing a Bourdieuian perspective.

In a final section, principles, methods and techniques derived from the theoretical content and practical 
examples in the book are set out in terms of practical application. Bourdieu's methodological tools are 
assessed and presented in such a way as to offer guidance for researchers wishing to adopt and use 
them in their own work.

Contributors: Michael Grenfell, University of Southampton; Philip Hodkinson, Manchester Metropolitan 
University; David James, University of the West of England; Diane Reay, Kings College, London; and 
Derek Robbins, University of East London.

Michael Grenfell and David James work in University departments of education in Southampton and 
Bristol. They are involved in teaching both undergraduate and post-graduate students, and conduct 
research on a range of issues. Both have used Bourdieu's work extensively and have published papers 
on it in journals such as the British Educational Research Journal and the British Journal of Sociology of 
Education. They are frequent contributors to conferences on educational research and founders of an 
international network of scholars and researchers working with Bourdieu's ideas.


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Dr Michael Grenfell

School of Education
Unversity of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

UK

Telephone  	+44 (0) 1703 593472

Fax		+44 (0) 1703 593556

E.Mail		M.Grenfell-AT-soton.ac.uk



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