Bourdieu and Data Analysis: Methodological Principles and by Michael Grenfell, Frédéric Lebaron

By Michael Grenfell, Frédéric Lebaron

Uniquely among the varied guides to seem at the paintings of the French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu, this e-book bargains with information research, analyzing a variety of concepts and tools. After an introductory bankruptcy outlining the foremost ideas of Bourdieu's conception, the publication provides particular examples of knowledge being gathered and analysed in a Bourdieusian approach throughout a variety of social technology contexts. either qualitative and quantitative equipment are addressed, together with research of the strengths and weaknesses of every strategy, as are universal info assortment systems equivalent to interview, remark and questionnaire. Examples of a number of Correspondence research are a tremendous characteristic of the e-book, considering this was once an strategy really favoured by means of Bourdieu. In every one case learn, the professionals and cons of alternative techniques are highlighted and the qualitative/quantitative debate is carefully explored. total, the ebook deals readers a blueprint to increase their very own methodological plans for utilizing Bourdieu in examine perform.

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The research arose from an interest in the ‘how’ of inclusion. I wanted to study the ef fect that identity and power of individuals and groups have on 42 Carla DiGiorgio the implementation of inclusion at the school level. In doing so, I wanted to be open to the variety of special needs that students brought to one school, including learning, behavioural and social dif ficulties, speech and hearing issues, and physical and health challenges. I chose to do an ethnographic case study of one school’s experience of inclusion, using the Bourdieusian notions of identity and power to structure my analysis.

We take a broad definition of the term ‘qualitative’ to include any project where data are collected but explicit statistical and geometric systems are not used to analyse them. Such an approach can itself be re-expressed more specifically, and various other research traditions may be grouped under this rubric: natural, symbolic interactionalist, ethnographic, interpretative, etc. It is not our intention to tease out the dif ferences between these, nor to compare and contrast them in terms of Bourdieu’s own approach.

Such notions as habitus, field, and capital can be defined, but only within the theoretical system they constitute, not in isolation… Science admits on systems of laws… And what is true of concepts is true of relations, which acquire their meaning only within a system of relations… If I make extensive use of correspondence analysis, in preference to multivariate regression, for instance, it is because correspondence analysis is a relational technique of data analysis whose philosophy corresponds exactly to what, in my view, the reality of the social world is.

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