Attending the Bourdieu Study Group Event: Bourdieu, Aesthetics and the Body.

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Blog post by Heather Mew

In November 2016 I was lucky enough to be awarded a travel bursary and free place to attend a BSA Bourdieu Study Group event entitled Bourdieu, Aesthetics and the Body.  The event was a stimulating day of discussions about the myriad of ways that Bourdieu’s theories can be applied to research within the social sciences, from the study of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to understanding the classed nature of fake tans.  The presentations helped introduce me to concepts such as habitus and hexis, something which I was previously unfamiliar with, and gave me food for thought with regards to my own PhD applications.

Inclusiveness and discussion were key aspects of BSA Bourdieu, Aesthetics and the Body, and the event organisers provided a space which facilitated open and critical discussion around the presentations.  Ideas were shared on a variety of themes, from the classed nature of beautification and bridal shop industries, to the ableist design of architecture which does not account for disabled bodies.  One paper explored the potential for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to become a space for the creation of new habitus, whilst another focussed on working class masculinity and the ways in which our bodies can be read and misread.  The central theme throughout all of the papers was the body – how do bodies present themselves, how are bodies interpreted, and who has the power and privilege to make judgements about others bodies?

My own research interests are concerned with how working class communities in the North East of England experience austerity and inequality, and how these communities might be resisting against this.  In the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, both of which have been heralded as (white) working class protest votes, it is vitally important to understand how working class communities are resisting, and against what.

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Whilst I am relatively new to Bourdieu, my PhD applications draw heavily upon the works of Bev Skeggs and Lisa McKenzie, both of which have utilised Bourdieu’s theories to understand the experiences of working class communities in Manchester and Nottingham, respectively.  I recently bought myself a copy of Distinction, a sociological Christmas treat from me to me, and I look forward to engaging with Bourdieu’s theories first hand.

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Inclusiveness within academia is an issue close to my heart, and I believe that offering bursaries to unwaged or low waged people is a vital step in making academia more inclusive to working class academics, such as myself.

I would like to once again thank the event organisers for this opportunity to critically engage with discussions around Bourdieu, Aesthetics and the Body.

Heather Mew is currently applying to do a PhD looking at resistance to austerity and inequality amongst working class communities in the North East of England.  She completed her MA in Geography Research Methods at Durham University, and her undergraduate degree in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London.

For more information on the Bourdieu Study Group Travel Bursary and Free Place Scheme, please see here.

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Bourdieu Study Group Free Places and Travel Bursary Scheme

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The Bourdieu Study Group is delighted to announce the launch of its free place and travel bursary scheme!

The study group will be allocating 5 free places per event to delegates on low income, in addition we are providing 1 to 2 travel bursaries per event of up to £150.00 each. Delegates will be able to apply for these via an online application process and awardees will be selected at random. Successful applicants will only receive 1 travel bursary within a two year period.

Since the foundation of the BSA Bourdieu Study Group, we have been committed to making our events accessible to those who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend. The launch of this official scheme will help to widen the reach of this aim.

For more information on upcoming events and this scheme, please email Bourdieu Events at: bourdieuevents@gmail.com

BOURDIEU STUDY GROUP 2016 NEWSLETTER

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It has been quite a year for The Bourdieu Study Group. We would like to express gratitude towards all the Bourdieu Study Group members and the BSA who have supported us over the years and helped us build and grow.

We wish you all a happy holiday season and productive new year. You can read all about what the Bourdieu Study Group has been doing this year in the bourdieu-study-group-2016-newsletter

Bourdieu, Aesthetics and the Body

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BSA Bourdieu Study Group Event

London

Monday 28th November 2016

10.00-18.00

What can Bourdieusian theory add to exploration of the body and its aesthetic and performative capacities? Bourdieu (1984) argued that the body is a socially shaped generator of divisions. The body bears the imprint of divisions as a result of a person’s social location, habitus and taste. The body has long been a bearer of symbolic value and this symbolic value is bestowed to particular bodily forms. With the legitimisation of certain bodily types over others, and unequal opportunities for people to produce symbolically valued bodily forms, the internalisation of images that others form of one selves – even when these are stereotypes – raises questions of self-identity. Bourdieu (1990, p.69) also argued that: ‘Symbolic power works partly through the control of other people’s bodies’. The ‘normalising’ of bodily practices and its cultivating capacities, as well as the commodification of the body in modern society, increases the body’s attachment to pre-existing social inequalities.

This event will bring together a range of sociologists who will open up discussions of the relevance of Pierre Bourdieu’s conceptions of the body to: identity work and performances of self along social lines and gender, the management and appearance of bodies within sport and the health/’beauty’ industry, and the applicability of Bourdieusian theory to the development of disability theory.

Timetable

10.00-10.45 Registration and Refreshments
10.45-11.00 Introduction
11.00-11.40 Louise Rondel

The social and spatial distinctions of the spray tan

11.40-12.20 Carl Mallett (University of Warwick)

‘Exploring Habitus Through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ): Ethnographic Reflections.’

12.20-12.40 Refreshments
12.40-13.20 Nicola Ingram (Lancaster University)

‘Bodily Hexis, Class and Masculinity’

13.20-14.20 Lunch
14.20-15.10 Karen Wilkes (Birmingham City University)

Middle class white womanhood and privileged within contemporary images of destination weddings in the Caribbean (provisional title)

15.10-15.50 Natalia Slutskaya (University of Sussex)

The Body Dances: Carnival Dance and Organization

15.50-16.10 Refreshments
16.10-17.20 Closing Keynote: Rob Imrie (Goldsmiths, University of London)

The relevance of Pierre Bourdieu’s conceptions of the body to the development of disability theory

17.20-17.30 Closing Remarks and Goodbye

This event costs £25 for BSA student members, £35 for BSA-members and £45 for non BSA members. Refreshments and lunch are included. Early booking is recommended as we anticipate this to be a popular event.

There will be 35 places available. Please note this event is nearly fully booked. To Register please go to the BSA Event’s Page

If you have any questions related to this event please contact: Jenny Thatcher: bourdieu2011@gmail.com For further info contact: events@britsoc.org.uk  or (0191) 383 0839. For more info about the BSA Bourdieu Study Group: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/studygroups/bourdieu.aspx

BSA Sociologists outside Academia meeting on ‘Practical Sociology: Agenda for Action’.

This is the notification for the BSA Sociologists outside Academia meeting on ‘Practical Sociology: Agenda for Action’.

It takes place on Monday 17 October, at the British Psychological Society meeting room, Tabernacle St, London EC1 from 12.30 to 4.30.

For the past year, the British Sociological Association (BSA) group Sociologists outside Academia has been focusing on the potential and possibility for practical sociology here in the UK.  We are convinced that sociology is essential not only for understanding the big problems that face society, but also the daily issues that need addressing at work, at home or in the community.  We believe sociologists have the concepts (like ‘cultural capital’ or ‘moral panic’), the theories (social mobility, socialisation) and detailed knowledge of organisations and human interactions that can address such everyday problems.

This workshop will be of interest to sociologists and others who are keen to see the application of sociological concepts, models and theories in practical settings in the public, private and third sectors.  Please come along and help us set an agenda for developing practical sociology.

For more information and to book a place (very small registration fee) see:

https://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/key-bsa-events/sociologists-outside-academia-practical-sociology-agenda-for-action/

Bourdieu Study Group Members’ Publications

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Austin, G. ed. 2016. New Uses of Bourdieu in Film and Media. Oxford: Berghahn. Available here

Brosnan, C., Southgate, E., Outram, S., Lempp, H., Wright, S., Saxby, T., Harris, G., Bennett, A. and Kelly, B. (2016) ‘Experiences of medical students who are first in family to attend university’ Medical Education 50(8): 842-851 Available here

Crossley, S. (2016) ‘“Realising the (troubled family)”, “crafting the neoliberal state”’, Families, Relationships and Societies, 5, 2, 263-79 Available here

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Crossley, S. (2016) The Troubled Families Programme: in, for and against the state? In M. Fenger, J. Hudson and C. Needham (eds.) Social Policy Review 28: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, Bristol: Policy Press. pp 127-146 Available here

Curran, D. (2016) Risk, Power, and Inequality in the 21st Century. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Available here

Dean, J. (2016) ‘Recruiting young volunteers in an area of selective education: A qualitative case study.’ British Journal of Sociology of Education, 37 (4): 643-61. Available here

Dean, J. (2016) ‘Recruiting young volunteers in an area of selective education: A qualitative case study.’ British Journal of Sociology of Education, 37 (4): 643-61. Available here

Dean, J. (2017) Doing Reflexivity: An Introduction. Bristol: Policy Press. Available here.

Dean, J. (2014) ‘The role of the reflexive self in Mailer’s protests.’ Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 1 (2): 11-26. Available here

Dean, J. (2013) Cultures of Participation: Delivering Youth Volunteering in Contemporary Britain. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Kent. Available here

Dean, J. (2016) ‘Class diversity and youth volunteering in the UK: Applying Bourdieu’s habitus and cultural capital.’ Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 45 (1S): 95-113. Available here

Dirk, W.P. and Gelderblom, D. (2016). Higher Education Policy Change and the Hysteresis Effect: Bourdieusian Analysis of Transformation at the Site of a Post-Apartheid university. Higher Education. DOI:10.1007/s10734-016-0051-7 (Available online first). Available here

Dicks, B. (2016) ‘The Habitus of Heritage: a Discussion of Bourdieu’s Ideas for Visitor Studies in Heritage and Museums’, Museum & Society, Volume 14, No 1. Available here and here

Di Stefano, A. (2016) Weak (Cultural) Field: A Bourdieuian Approach to Social Media pp. 141-161 in G. Austin (ed), New Uses of Bourdieu in Film and Media Studies, London, Bergahan. ISBN 978- 1-78533- 167-1 Available here

Dubois V. (2015) Culture as a Vocation. Sociology of Career Choices in Cultural Management, Routledge CRESC series Available here

Dubois V., Méon  J.-M & Pierru E. (2013) The Sociology of Wind Bands. Amateur Music Between Cultural Domination and Autonomy, Ashgate. Available here

Dubois V. (2010) The Bureaucrat and the Poor. Encounters in French Welfare Offices, Ashgate. Available here

Dubois V. (2014) “The State, Legal Rigor and the Poor : The Daily Practice of Welfare Control”n Social Analysis, 58(3): 38-55. Available here

Dubois V. (2014) “What has become of the ‘new petite bourgeoisie’ ? The case of cultural managers in France” in Philippe Coulangeon, Julien Duval, eds., The Routledge Companion to Bourdieu’s ‘Distinction’, Routledge: 78-93. Available here

Dubois V. (2014) “The Fields of Public Policy” in Hilgers (M.) and Mangez (E.), eds., Bourdieu’s Theory of Social Fields : Concept and Applications, Milton Park, New York, Routledge: 199-220. Available here

Dubois V., Méon  J.-M (2013) “The social conditions of cultural domination. Field, sub-field and local spaces of wind music in France”, Cultural Sociology, 7(2): 127-144. Available here

Dubois V. (2011) “Cultural Capital Theory vs. Cultural Policy Beliefs : How Pierre Bourdieu could have become a Cultural Policy Advisor and why he did not”, Poetics, 39-6: 491-506. Available here

Ernst, J. 2016. The Logic of Nursing Work: An Organizational Ethnography of Practice. In: Pedersen, A. R. & Humle, D. M. (eds.) Doing Organizational Ethnography. New York: Routledge Available here

Ernst, J. 2016. Evidence-based nursing in the IED: From caring to curing? Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies 6, 47 – 66. Available here

Flynn, N (2015). “Turning a Bourdieuian lens on English teaching in Primary Schools”, Chapter 10 in: Mark Murphy and Cristina Coster (eds),Theory as Method in Research: On Bourdieu, Education and Society,  Oxford: Taylor and Francis Available here

Flynn, N (2015) “Teachers’ Habitus for Teaching English”,  English in Australia, 50 (1), 21 – 29 Available here

Flynn, N (2015), “Disambiguating with Bourdieu: unravelling policy from practice in the teaching of children with English as an additional language”, Literacy (Methodology Matters Special Edition), 49 (1), 20 – 27 Available here

Fowler, Bridget (2016) Bourdieu, Field of Cultural Production and Cinema: Illuminations and Blind Spots, pp 13-34 in ed Guy Austin, New Uses of Bourdieu in Film and Media Studies, New York: Berghahn. Available here

Fox E. (2014) Society, Power and Climate Change: A social critique of public climate change receptivity in Ireland. PhD thesis. National University of Ireland, Galway.  Available here

Fox, E. (2014) Bourdieu’s Relational View of Interactions: A Reply to Bottero and Crossley. Cultural Sociology 8 (2): 204-211. Doi: 10.1177/1749975513507242 Available here  [Also further blog posts expanding the article here and here]

Friedman, S., O’Brien, D., Laurison, D. (2016) ‘‘Like skydiving without a parachute’: How Class Origin Shapes Occupational Trajectories in British Acting’, Sociology (published online before print 28 Feb – Available here

Go, J. and Krause, M. 2016. Fielding Transnationalism. Sociological Review Monograph. London/New York: Sage. Available here

Go, J. and Krause, M. 2016. “Fielding Transnationalism: An Introduction.” Sociological Review 64 (2): 6-30 Available here

Jones, S. (2015) ”You would expect the successful person to be the man”: Gendered Symbolic Violence in UK HE Entrepreneurship Education International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship vol. 7 no. 3 303 – 320 Available here

Jones, S. (2014) Gendered discourses of entrepreneurship in UK higher education: The fictive entrepreneur and the fictive student International Small Business Journal vol. 32 no. 3 237-258 Available here 

Krause, M. 2016. “‘Western Hegemony in the Social Sciences’: Fields and Model Systems.” Sociological Review 64 (2): 194-211. Available here

Hensby, A. (2015) Networks of non-participation: comparing ‘supportive’, ‘unsupportive’ and ‘undecided’ non-participants in the UK student protests against fees and cuts.  Sociology, 1-18. Published online before print October 13, 2015 doi: 10.1177/0038038515608113. Available here

Hensby, A. (2014) Networks, counter-networks and political socialisation – paths and barriers to high-cost/risk activism in the 2010/11 student protests against fees and cuts. Contemporary Social Science, 9(1), 92-105. Available here

Hindhede, AL (2016). Neighbourhood renewal, participation, and social capital in deprived areas: unintended consequences in a Nordic context. European Societies, 1-25. Available here

Hindhede, AL (2014). Prediabetic categorisation: the making of a new person. Health, Risk and Society, 16(7-8), 600-614 Available here

Hindhede, AL & Larsen, K (2013). The rise and fall of audiology in Denmark, 1950-2010 – a field perspective. Praktiske Grunde. Tidsskrift for kultur-og samfundsvidenskab (1-2: Velfærdsstat, sundhed og kroppe under forandring),  41-52 Available  here

Huc-Hepher, S. (2016). The Material Dynamics of a London-French Blog: A Multimodal Reading of Migrant Habitus. Modern Languages Open. Available here

Kerr, R. & Robinson, S. (2015) Architecture, symbolic capital and elite mobilizations: The case of the Royal Bank of Scotland corporate campus. Organization. Available here

Kerr, R., Robinson, S. K., and Elliott, C. (2016) Modernism, postmodernism and corporate power: historicising the architectural typology of the corporate campus. Management and Organizational History, 11(2), pp. 123-146.  Available here

Laurison, D. and Friedman, S. (2016) ‘The Class Pay Gap in Higher Professional and Managerial Occupations’, American Sociological Review  81 (4) 668-695 Available here

McDonald, R., Furtado, V. and McDonald, R. (2016) Managing madness, murderers and paedophiles: Understanding change in the field of English forensic psychiatry. Social Science & Medicine, 164, 12-18. Available here

Milton, S. 2016; ‘Becoming more of myself’: Safe sensuality, salsa and ageing. European Journal of Women’s Studies, [published online before print, August 4, 2016, doi: 10.1177/1350506816660992]. Available here

Milton, S., Buckner, S., Salway, S., Powell, K., Moffatt, S. & J. Green, 2015; Understanding welfare conditionality in the context of a generational habitus a qualitative study of older citizens in England. Journal of Aging Studies, 34, pp. 113-122. Available here

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Morrin, K (2015) Bourdieu, Haunting and Struggling with Ghosts, in Thatcher, J. Ingram, N. Burke, C. And Abrahams, J. (eds) Bourdieu the Next Generation: the development of bourdieu a intellectual heritage in contemporary UK sociology, London: Routledge Available here

Oncini, F. and Guetto, R. (2017) ‘Determinants of dietary compliance among Italian children: Disentangling the effect of social origins using Bourdieu’s cultural capital theory’ Sociology of Health and Illness, 39 (1): 1-16. Available here 

Rainford, J. (2016). Targeting of widening participation measures by elite institutions: widening access or simply aiding recruitment? Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 1-6. Available here 

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Robbins, Derek  (2014)  Cultural Relativism and International Politics, Sage Swifts, Los Angeles/London/New Delhi/Singapore/Wasshington DC, Sage Publications. Available here

Robbins, Derek (2015)  review of Bourdieu, ed. T. Yacine, Algerian Sketches, for Sociologica, 3,2014. On-line publication:   Available here

Robbins, Derek (2015)  review of P. Gorski, ed., Bourdieu and Historical Analysis, 2013, Duke University Press, in Journal of Critical Realism, 14, 4, 429-434.

Robbins, Derek (2015) “Pierre Bourdieu and Jacques Rancière on art/aesthetics and politics: the origins of disagreement, 1963-1985”, British Journal of Sociology, 66. 4, 738-758. Available here

Robbins, Derek (2015) Preface to Thatcher et al., eds., The Next Generation.  The Development of Bourdieu’s Intellectual Heritage in Contemporary UK Sociology, London/New York, Routledge, xvi-xxvii. Available here

Robbins, Derek (2016)  ‘Phenomenology and Poststructuralism’ in S.Sim, ed., The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 91-108 Available here

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Robbins, Derek (2016)  Préface, in Simon Susen, Pierre Bourdieu et la distinction sociale.  Un essai philosophique, Oxford/Bern/Berlin/Brussels/Frankfurt/New York/Vienna, Peter Lang, 1-30. ISBN 978-3-0343-1913-3 br Available here

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Robbins, Derek (2016)  Ed. The Anthem Companion to Bourdieu, Anthem Press. Editor’s introduction + two chapters. Available here

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Varriale, S. (2016). Globalization, Music and Cultures of Distinction: The Rise of Pop Music Criticism in Italy. Palgrave Macmillan – Available here

Scambler S, Newton P, Asimakopoulou K (2014) The Context of Self-care within Diabetes. Health. Online First (1/4/14) Available here

Scambler S (2012) Bourdieu in Practice: Field, capital and habitus in the study of long term disabling conditions.  In Scambler G ed.  Contemporary Theorists for Medical Sociology.  London: Routledge. Available here

Scambler S, (2014) Bourdieu and Health.  In W Cockerham ed. Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Available here

Scambler S and Newton P (2011) Capital Transactions, Disruptions and the Emergence of Personal Capital in a Lifeworld Under Attack. Social Theory and Health.  9 (2), pp130-146. Available here

Susen, Simon (2016) ‘Reconstructing the Self: A Goffmanian Perspective’, in Harry F. Dahms and Eric R. Lybeck (eds.) Reconstructing Social Theory, History and Practice, Book Series: Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Volume 35, Bingley: Emerald, pp. 111-143. Available here

Susen, Simon (2016) ‘The Sociological Challenge of Reflexivity in Bourdieusian Thought’, in Derek Robbins (ed.) The Anthem Companion to Pierre Bourdieu, London: Anthem Press, pp. 49-93. Available here

Susen, Simon (2016) ‘Further Reflections on the “Postmodern Turn” in the Social Sciences: A Reply to William Outhwaite’, International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Online First, pp. 1-10. Available here

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Susen, Simon (2016) Pierre Bourdieu et la distinction sociale. Un essai philosophique, Oxford: Peter Lang, 170 pp. Available here

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Susen, Simon (2016) ‘Towards a Critical Sociology of Dominant Ideologies: An Unexpected Reunion between Pierre Bourdieu and Luc Boltanski’, Cultural Sociology, 10(2), pp. 195-246. Available here

Susen, Simon (2016) ‘Scattered Remarks on the Concept of Engagement: A Socio-Philosophical Approach’, Philosophy and Society, 27(2), pp. 459-463. Available here

Stahl, G. (2016) ‘The Practice of ‘Othering’ in Reaffirming White Working-Class Boys’ Conceptions of Normative Identities.’ Journal of Youth Studies. (online) Available here

Stahl, G., & Baars, S. (2016) ‘How ‘space’ and ‘place’ contribute to occupational aspirations as a value-constituting practice for working-class males.’ Education + Training. Vol. 58. Issue 3, 313-327. Available here

Stahl, G. (2016) ‘Doing Bourdieu Justice: Thinking with and Beyond Bourdieu’ British Journal of Sociology of Education. Vol. 37. Issue 7. 1091-1103. Available here

Sweetman, P. (2003) ‘Twenty-first century dis-ease? Habitual reflexivity or the reflexive habitus’, The Sociological Review, 51 (4): 528-549. Available here

Sweetman, P. (2009) ‘Revealing habitus, illuminating practice: Bourdieu, photography and visual methods’, The Sociological Review, 57 (3): 491-511. Available here

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Thatcher, J., Ingram, N., Burke, C., and Abrahams, J. (eds) (2015)  Bourdieu: The Next Generation: The Development of Bourdieu’s Intellectual Heritage in Contemporary UK Sociology. Routledge. Available here

Thatcher, J. and Halvorsrud, K. (2015) ‘Migrating Habitus: A Comparative Case Study of Polish and South African Migrants in the UK’ in Thatcher, J., Ingram, N., Burke, C., and Abrahams, J. (eds) Bourdieu: The Next Generation: The Development of Bourdieu’s Intellectual Heritage in Contemporary UK Sociology. Oxon: Routledge. Available here

Theodorakopoulos, N., Hart, M., Burke, G., Stephan, U.,  Braidford, P., Allinson, G., Houston, M. and Jones, S. (2015) Sociology of Enterprise BIS Research Paper No. 238 Available here 

WEBSTER, J., GIBBINS, N., HALFORD, S. & HRACS, B. J. 2016. Towards a Theoretical Approach for Analysing Music Recommender Systems as Sociotechnical Cultural Intermediaries. Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Web Science. Hannover, Germany: ACM Available here

Xu, C. L. (2016). Mainland Chinese students at an elite Hong Kong university: Habitus-field disjuncture in a transborder context. [doi: 10.1080/01425692.2016.1158642]. British Journal of Sociology of Education (online first), 1-13. Available here

 

 

Call for Member’s Publications 2016

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The Bourdieu Study Group will be updating its publication list on this blog (https://bsabourdieu.wordpress.com/selected-publications/).

If you would like to add your Bourdieusian related publication to the list, you will need to become an official member by subscribing to the Bourdieu Study Group’s JISCMail list: BSA-BOURDIEU-STUDY-GROUP@JISCMAIL.AC.UK. Membership is free. We only update the list once a year after a call for ‘member’s publications’. If you miss the deadline you will need to wait for the next call.

If you are already a member, please check the Bourdieu Study Group JISCMail for details on the call.

The deadline for the call is Friday 30th September 2016