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ERIC Number: EJ865689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Exploring the Value of Bourdieu's Framework in the Context of Institutional Change
Kloot, Bruce
Studies in Higher Education, v34 n4 p469-481 Jun 2009
This article examines the usefulness of the theoretical framework of the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu in relation to institutional change through data gathered in some initial interviews at Emerston University, a previously white, English-medium, South African institution. This exploration is based on Bourdieu's concept of a social space as a field, and analyses the different forms of power for which agents are competing, taking into account their social trajectory and disposition through the notion of "habitus". The context for this study is a foundation programme at Emerston, an academic development initiative that has a complex social history, one that is intertwined with the agendas of industry and influences from the political realm. Bourdieu's theoretical tools appear to be effective in revealing the dynamics of the social space of higher education, and providing a socio-historical contextualisation of the struggles working to conserve or transform the structure of the field. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa