NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1124881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Symbolic Non-Violence in the Work of Teachers in Alternative Education Settings
Waters, Richard
Teaching Education, v28 n1 p27-40 2017
Patterns in analysis of research data on alternative education practices as well as on student and teacher experience in mainstream settings seem to support Pierre Bourdieu and Jean Claude Passeron's theory of symbolic violence. Data from teachers and students suggest that students from low socio-economic backgrounds often disengage from education because of their perceived failure as students. The research data also suggest that structures, practices and relationships in alternative education settings could be characterised as symbolic non-violence. This concept is explored in this paper with a view to clarifying critique of Bourdieu and Passeron as well as understanding the work of teachers in alternative settings and the role of non-violence in education. The article also considers what emergent ideas can be gained for the mainstream in suggesting new ways of supporting students from low socio-economic status backgrounds who are often marginalised in the education system. This could be achieved by changing the way school works rather than trying to change students to fit into existing school structures, practices and relationships.
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A