ERIC Number: EJ720924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 17
Antagonism and Overdetermination: The Production of Student Positions in Contrasting Undergraduate Disciplines and Institutions in the United Kingdom
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v26 n5 p657-671 Nov 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 disciplines, and then identifies ways in which these features conflict with features of other discursive fields, to marginalise specific students or groups of students. The article draws on the conceptual vocabulary of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe to argue that where features of discursive fields overlap, social identities are overdetermined, while where features of discursive fields conflict, social identities are placed in an antagonistic and unstable relation to social and symbolic systems.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Conflict, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Undergraduate Students, Gender Differences, Social Integration, Social Cognition
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom