Researching the habitus of global policy actors in education

Lingard, Bob, Sellar, Sam, & Baroutsis, Aspa (2015) Researching the habitus of global policy actors in education. Cambridge Journal of Education, 45(1), pp. 25-42.

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Abstract

This paper reprises the argument for the emergence of a global education policy field and then focuses on the shared habitus of global and national policy actors and technicians. We argue that this shared habitus is constituted as a reflection of and a contribution to the creation of the global education policy field. We use Bourdieu’s approach to habitus as both methodological tool and concept and argue the significance of the interview encounter to understanding habitus. We also draw on the content of interviews with five elite policy makers and technicians. We found the policy actors and technicians shared a similar middle class embodied habitus; in terms of schemes of perception, they identified with a high-modernist confidence in both science and technology; they identified with a cosmopolitan outlook and sensibility; and demonstrated scientistic approaches that held real confidence in understanding the social through quantitative social science methods.

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ID Code: 97932
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Special Issue: Evoking and Provoking Bourdieu in Educational Research
Keywords: habitus, global field, policy-makers, policy technicians, commensuration
DOI: 10.1080/0305764X.2014.988686
ISSN: 0305-764X
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
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Copyright Owner: 2015 University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2016 23:02
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2016 21:17

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