ERIC Number: EJ1066643
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Thinking Relationally about Studying "Up"
Stich, Amy E.; Colyar, Julia E.
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v36 n5 p729-746 2015
In this paper, the authors argue that despite a resurgence of elite studies, the majority of existing scholarship works to reify and legitimize social inequality through its language and method. In particular, the authors utilize Pierre Bourdieu's concept of relational thinking to review and critique contemporary research on elite education and the ways in which such scholarship relies on a stratificationist approach to class analysis. Ultimately, this paper argues that future research on social class, and elite studies in particular, could benefit from using Bourdieu's relational approach as a means to better address the challenges of social inequality.
Descriptors: Social Differences, Social Capital, Social Theories, Research Design, Language Usage, Criticism, Sociology, Social Class, Advantaged, Social Science Research, Universities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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