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Bourdieu and Education: How useful is Bourdieu's theory for researchers?

Sullivan, A; (2002) Bourdieu and Education: How useful is Bourdieu's theory for researchers? Netherlands Journal of Social Sciences , 38 pp. 144-166. Green open access

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Abstract

Bourdieu’s theory of cultural reproduction has been highly influential within the sociology of education. This paper will provide a critical introduction to Bourdieu’s theory regarding the cultural reproduction of educational advantage, and an overview of the empirical literature on cultural reproduction. It will be argued that the ‘grand theory’ of cultural reproduction is unhelpful. On the other hand, the concept of cultural capital, though ill-defined, has proved useful for empirical researchers.

Type: Article
Title: Bourdieu and Education: How useful is Bourdieu's theory for researchers?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473723
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