From The Perspective Of Theorists Covered In The Course,

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From the perspective of theorists covered in the course, critically evaluate the role educators can play in counteracting dominant power through their practices. French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) was arguably the foremost sociologist of the twentieth century (Rawolle & Lingard, 2013). For Bourdieu, society was one in which, those who govern are prisoners of a reassuring entourage of young, white, middle-class technocrats who often know almost nothing about the everyday lives of their fellow citizens and have no occasion to be reminded of their ignorance (Bourdieu, 1999, p. 627). Furthermore, Bourdieu argued that the education systems of the western world function in such a way as to reproduce the class system and social…show more content…
Recent statistics highlight the strong relationships between parental social class and educational achievement at GCSE level, in addition to the likelihood of pupils eligible for free school meals to be less successful at GCSE level and Level 3 qualifications than those not eligible (DfE, 2011; Lupton & Thompson, 2015; DfE, 2016a). Furthermore, the link between levels of social class and participation in higher education is well documented, with those individuals from lower class backgrounds less likely to access higher education (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 2015; DfE, 2016b; Bathmaker, et al., 2013). Moreover, research conducted by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (2013) found that 70% of people surveyed agreed that a good education was key to getting a good job, yet almost half thought it remained unlikely for most children from lower income families, with 65% of those surveyed regarding ‘who you know’ as more important than ‘what you know’. In short, the dominant power within an educational setting is held by those in higher social class positions. Before exploring the extent to which an educator can counteract the dominant power of the higher classes, which reinforces and reproduces the class divide and inequality in higher education, it is important to understand the work of Bourdieu, his influence on social theory and the key concepts (field,

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