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  • Inequalities, soft practices and access to Scottish higher education

    By Joan Forbes and Elspeth McCartney Inequalities of access to higher education: The role of policy and ‘powerful soft practices’ for more equal childhoods and university chances in Scotland    This comment article addresses the recent speech to Scottish educationists by the Minister

  • Engaging with student resistance in school

    Review of: Eric Toshalis (2015) Make Me! Understanding and Engaging Student Resistance in School, Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press. Books for children often celebrate the exploits of characters who resist or defy authority in some way. There’s Pippi Longstocking and her spirited

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    Conceptualizing Habitus and Aspiration

    I use habitus to examine the constitution of learner identities in neoliberal times with a focus on the nexus of working-class aspirations, symbolic violence and constituting value. In his investigation of the relationship between schooling and systems of thought, Bourdieu argues that

  • Olympians v the rest: Applying social theory to sport inequality

    By Joan Forbes and Gaby Weiner Published ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, a survey by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills in England: Going the Extra Mile: Excellence in competitive school sport reported that two-thirds of