Kirsty Morrin: New Co-convenor for the Bourdieu Study Group

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The Bourdieu Study Group is delighted to announce that Kirsty Morrin will be joining the team as a new and additional co-convenor. Many of you may already know Kirsty who has been assisting the study group with their media communication during events over the last two years.

Kirsty Morrin was awarded the President Doctoral Scholarship award (PDS) by the University of Manchester. The PDS Award is given to the most outstanding students from across the UK. Her PhD focuses on aspirations, social mobility and entrepreneurship in a North West academy secondary school. Previous to starting her PhD, Kirsty was a prize-winning student at Newcastle University where she undertook her BA (Hons) in Sociology and her MA in Sociology and Social Research.

The Bourdieu Study Group first met Kirsty when she presented her undergraduate dissertation at a two day BSA Student Regional Event: Social Class and Educational Aspirations organised by Jenny Thatcher and Tamsin Bowers-Brown back in 2012. For that research, Kirsty interviewed families living in her street at home about their career choices.

Recently, Kirsty has written a chapter for the Bourdieu Study Groups’ forthcoming book: Bourdieu: The Next Generation, The Development of Bourdieu’s Intellectual Heritage in Contemporary UK Sociology. In this chapter, she draws on Bourdieu’s notion of reflexivity and discusses the hysteresis and emotional turmoil she experienced by being the first in her family to not only attend university, but to attend an elite institution. As she states, ‘I felt some biographical affinity when I first heard of Bourdieu’s work during my undergraduate Sociology degree. Through Bourdieusian insights, learned in the lecture hall and seminar room, yet also experienced and “felt” in the social, I began to feel as if the symbolic boundaries of my life were being redrawn’ (Morrin, 2016, p. forthcoming).

Kirsty’s responsibilities for the study group will initially concentrate on the study group’s media communication. If you think anything will be of interest to the Bourdieu study group you simply need to tag @BSABourdieuSG on Twitter and we will retweet it or post onto our Facebook page so we can share the post. You can also follow Kirsty on twitter @Kirsty_Morrin

Kirsty is a welcome addition to the Bourdieu Study Group team at a time when we’re growing and becoming busier. She will make a great contribution to the organisation of the group. We very much look forward to working with her.


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