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Book Launch: Bourdieu, Habitus and Social Research: The Art of Application

Published in Bourdieu, Habitus, Latest Posts by Cristina Costa on June 17, 2015

We are happy to announce the publication of our new edited book entitled Bourdieu, Habitus and Social Research: The Art of Application

The purpose of this collection is to explore how habitus can be used in different areas of knowledge as both theory and method. In other words, through which mechanisms can research ‘capture’, operationalise and theorise habitus?

The conceptualisation of habitus is a reflection of Bourdieu’s attempt to overcome the dichotomy between structure and agency whilst acknowledging the external and historical factors that condition, restrict and/or promote change. Central to fulfilling this objective is an exploration of the particular ways in which the Bourdieuian habitus has been applied to different areas. Research on habitus embeds itself in a wide variety of contexts. Below is a list of different areas featured in the book:

  • Education
  • Social and economic mobility
  • Migration
  • Youth and crime
  • Digital practices

To celebrate the publication of this collection, we will be featuring blogposts by the chapter authors about their contributions throughout the week. This will provide STA followers with an overview of the book as well as with an opportunity to engage with researchers around the world interested in the application of the Bourdieuian habitus. So watch this space 😉 . Also remember to follow us on Facebook as we will also be announcing the blogpost through it.

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About the author /


Cristina is Associate Professor in Digital Education and Society in the Department of Education and Childhood, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. After completing a degree in Modern Languages and Literatures, Cristina worked as an EFL teacher in the Portuguese Navy. During that period she developed an interest in Learning Technologies and completed an MPhil in Educational Technologies at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. In 2007 she moved to the UK to take up a post in the field of Learning and Research Technologies at the University of Salford. In February 2013 she completed her PhD study on The participatory web in the context of academic research: landscapes of change and conflicts. From March 2013 to March 2018 she worked as a Lecturer in Digital Education at the University of Strathclyde. She was named Learning Technologist of the Year 2010 by the Association for Learning Technology (ALT).

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