By Alan France, Dorothy Bottrell, Derrick Armstrong (auth.)
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In these decisions there is no willingness to ‘question the underlying social and political functions of a teaching relationship that so often fails’ (Bourdieu, Passeron and de Saint Martin, 1994, p. 3) or to consider other ways of organising the education system (Wyn, 2009; Bottrell and Goodwin, 2011). All of these ‘structures’ are formed by the powerful cultural (and political) elites who espouse a particular logic and set of values about the role and purpose of education. This form of symbolic violence has significant consequences in that it maintains the status quo in education and reproduces social difference where those with power and authority are able to create more effective and efficient ways of ensuring domination is maintained over time (and generations) in a way that seems ‘natural’.
74). Habitus helps us understand how our culture and history contributes to the construction and positioning of roles (and social identities) within our everyday interactions. It is expressed through the way we talk, walk, and respond to others and is an integral part of our everyday life. In this sense it is an expression of our culture, our values and our dispositions that we inherit from our own individual and collective histories (Jenkins, 1992). For example, working-class families’ home rules and cultural practices are adaptations to both ‘the government of social relations of working-class life ...
Many of their leisure pursuits were organised informally with ‘mates’. Opportunities to join clubs or societies were almost nonexistent. This, combined with anxieties about others and risks, created a sense of ‘nothing to do’, ‘there ain’t nowt to do at all. Because the park down there, you can’t play in there because it’s full of weirdo’s and there ain’t a youth club or owt round here (Adrienne, 17). When there was ‘somewhere to go’ the most common facility in local areas were youth and community centres but for many these offered limited opportunities for sustained leisure and pleasure.
A Political Ecology of Youth and Crime by Alan France, Dorothy Bottrell, Derrick Armstrong (auth.)