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ERIC Number: EJ811200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1750-8487
Opportunity and Resignation within Marginalised Students: Towards a Theorisation of the Reproductive and Transformative Habitus
Mills, Carmen
Critical Studies in Education, v49 n2 p99-111 Sep 2008
Drawing on the voices of students, parents and teachers from a secondary school located in a regional area of Australia in a township characterised by its high welfare dependency and Indigenous population, this article explores the tensions between how marginalised students see themselves and how they are seen by their peers, teachers and fellow community members, with reference to Bourdieu's concept of "habitus." The article moves towards a theorisation of a "reproductive habitus" (those who recognise the constraint of social conditions and conditionings and tend to read the future that fits them) and a "transformative habitus" (those who recognise the capacity for improvisation and tend to generate opportunities for action in the social field). While some teachers appear to be attempting a transformation of students, the article concludes that instead, teachers should value and give voice to who students are, as they identify themselves. They should be more concerned to transform schooling; to provide educational opportunities that transform the life experiences of and open up opportunities for "all" young people, especially those disadvantaged by poverty and marginalised by difference.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia