Capturing habitus: theory, method and reflexivity.

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Costa, Cristina, Burke, Ciaran and Murphy, Mark 2018. Capturing habitus: theory, method and reflexivity. International Journal of Research & Method in Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2017.1420771
AuthorsCosta, Cristina, Burke, Ciaran and Murphy, Mark
Abstract

Bourdieu’s career long endeavour was to devise both theoretical and methodological tools that could apprehend and explain the social world and its mechanisms of cultural (re)production and related forms of domination. Amongst the several key concepts developed by Bourdieu, habitus has gained prominence as both a research lens and a research instrument useful to enter individuals’ trajectories and ‘histories’ of practices. While much attention has been paid to the theoretical significance of habitus, less emphasis has been placed on its methodological implications. This paper explores the application of the concept of habitus as both theory and method across two sub-fields of educational research: graduate employment and digital scholarship practices. The findings of this reflexive testing of habitus suggest that bridging the theory-method comes with its own set of challenges for the researcher; challenges which reveal the importance of taking the work of application seriously in research settings.

KeywordsApplication; Bourdieu; Habitus; Reflexivity; Theory method
Year2018
JournalInternational Journal of Research & Method in Education
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1743727X
17437288
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2017.1420771
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622101
hdl:10545/622101
Publication dates11 Jan 2018
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ContributorsUniversity of Strathclyde, University of Derby, University of Glasgow, School of Education, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, University of Derby, Derby, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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