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Pierre Bourdieu: Education and Training

reviewed by Carmen Mills - July 28, 2008

coverTitle: Pierre Bourdieu: Education and Training
Author(s): Michael Grenfell
Publisher: Continuum, New York
ISBN: 0826484018, Pages: 286, Year: 2007
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In his most recent book, Michael Grenfell makes a comprehensive contribution to our understanding of the work of influential French social philosopher, Pierre Bourdieu. As its title implies, this book is for readers interested in Bourdieu’s work on education although his engagement with such topics as culture, economics, art, literature, politics, language and media is also acknowledged. The contribution is timely, enabling Grenfell to knowledgeably review the life work of this key sociological thinker following his recent passing in 2002. Throughout the book, the point is made strongly that Bourdieu’s work must be understood in terms of his own biography. Indeed, this book stands apart from other volumes as a result of Grenfell’s skillful interweaving of the social, economic and political context into which Bourdieu was born and grew up and his various projects and publications. This ‘socio-genetic’ reading helps to offset the misunderstanding that his work has attracted as a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 28, 2008
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  • Carmen Mills
    The University of Queensland
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    CARMEN MILLS is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Education at The University of Queensland, Australia. As a critical researcher, informed by the work of Pierre Bourdieu and others, she is concerned to explore questions related to whose interests are served by the social arrangements evident in educational contexts and how these arrangements might be structured more equitably. She has strong interests in issues of social justice in education and schooling in disadvantaged communities. Her current research work explores the role of pre-service teacher education in the development of socially just dispositions in pre-service and beginning teachers. Recent publications include: Mills, C. (2008). Reproduction and transformation of inequalities in schooling: The transformative potential of the theoretical constructs of Bourdieu. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 29(1), 79-89; and Mills, C. & Gale, T. (2007). Researching social inequalities in education: Towards a Bourdieuian methodology. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 20(4), 433-447.
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