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ERIC Number: EJ821805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0030-9230
Educational Narratives: Educational History Seen from a Micro-Perspective
Juul, Ida
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, v44 n6 p707-720 Dec 2008
Taking the point of departure in three different narratives concerning training as a cabinet maker, the article shows how the choice of a particular education is ascribed different significance, depending on the period and the individual's social background. In order to grasp the intersection between factors connected to the concepts of generation and class position the article draws on the German sociologist of knowledge Karl Mannheim's theory of generations and the French sociologist and anthropologist Pierre Bourdieu's concepts of habitus and field. The article concludes that the decision to become an apprentice is not as obvious a choice in the 1980s or today as it was in the 1960s. The article also concludes that the choice was less legitimate for young people who did not have a working-class background. It shows how this dilemma was handled by those whose habitus would urge them to choose a more academically oriented pathway. In short, the article illustrates how both habitus and generation influence not only educational choices but also how these choices are legitimised. (Contains 21 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Denmark