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ERIC Number: EJ1090228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1750-8487
The Force of Habit: Channelling Young Bodies at Alternative Education Spaces
Kraftl, Peter
Critical Studies in Education, v57 n1 p116-130 2016
This article develops a novel conceptual framework for examining the (re)formulation of habits in education spaces. It is based on the premise that education spaces are key sites for channelling and intervening in children's habits, to various ends. The article focuses on the ways educators at alternative education spaces in the United Kingdom seek to (re)formulate children's habits. In some cases, they do so to combat social exclusion, dealing with some of the most vulnerable children in the UK's educational system. Drawing on the habit-theories of Ravaisson and Dewey, and commensurate post-human, more-than-social approaches to childhood, the article proposes a two-fold conceptualisation of habit: as "(re)calibration" and as "contagion". The article draws on empirical examples taken from 10 years' research across 59 alternative education spaces in the United Kingdom. Developing recent educational scholarship on bodies, emotions and affects, it develops an expanded, post-human notion of "collective" habits that might offer a conceptual language for challenging and imagining alternatives to the perceived problems of the neoliberal educational mainstream. However, the article closes by posing some critical questions for further scholarship about why educators might specifically choose to intervene into children's habits -- not least in terms of inclusion and social justice.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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