Aspirations, Education and Social Justice: Applying Sen and Bourdieu

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A&C Black, Nov 22, 2012 - Education - 208 pages
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Caroline Hart presents a radical new paradigm for thinking about the role of education in the development of human flourishing. The book applies Amartya Sen's capability approach to understanding the nature of aspirations in the policy context of strategies to widen participation in higher education. Sen's work is synthesised with key concepts from Pierre Bourdieu to develop a framework for understanding the processes through which young people are enabled and disabled in relation to developing and achieving their aspirations.

Drawing on an empirical study involving 600 young people aged 17-19 in their final years of education, this text explores the hopes and dreams of these young people for the future. The young people's voices challenge dominant discourses of aspiration, well-being and advantage, and invite readers to rethink their own positions on these issues.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Education Policy Issues
7
2 Sens Capability Approach
21
3 Blending Sen and Bourdieu
49
4 Evolving Theory into Method
65
5 The Nature of Aspirations
79
6 The Genesis of Capabilities
109
7 Aspirations Capabilities and Choice
137
Appendix I
199
Appendix II
200
Appendix III
201
Appendix IV
202
Notes
205
References
210
Subject Index
223
Author Index
227

8 The Promise of Higher Education
169
9 The New Pursuit of Justice
181

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About the author (2012)

Caroline Sarojini Hart is Politics, Development and Democratic Education Course Co-ordinator in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, UK.

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