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Knowledge and Identity : Concepts and Applications in Bernstein's Sociology - Gabrielle Ivinson

Knowledge and Identity

Concepts and Applications in Bernstein's Sociology

By: Gabrielle Ivinson (Editor), Brian Davies (Editor), John Fitz (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 17th November 2010
ISBN: 9780415582094
Number Of Pages: 196

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What in the digital era is knowledge? Who has knowledge and whose knowledge has value?

Postmodernism has introduced a relativist flavour into educational research such that big questions about the purposes of education have tended to be eclipsed by minutiae. Changes in economic and financial markets induce a sense that we are also experiencing an intellectual credit crunch. Societies can no longer afford to think about the role of education merely in relation to national markets and national citizenry. There is growing recognition that, once again, we need big thinking using big theoretical ideas in working on local problems of employability, sustainability and citizenship.

Drawing on aspects of Bernsteina (TM)s work that have attracted an international following for many years, the international contributors to this book raise questions about knowledge production and subjectivity in times dominated by market forces, privatisation and new forms of state regulation. The book is divided into three sections:

  • Part 1: Knowledge - extends Bernsteina (TM)s sociology of knowledge by revitalizing fundamental questions, such as: what is knowledge, how is it produced and what are its functions within education and society in late modernity? It demonstrates that big theory, like big science, provides immense resources for thinking ourselves out of crisis because, in contradistinction to micro theory, we are able to contemplate global transformations in ways which otherwise would remain unthinkable.
  • Part 2: Knowledge Production in Post-compulsory Education a " consider the new, hybrid forms of knowledge that are emerging in the gap opened up between economic markets and academic institutions across a range of countries. Bernstein said in the 1970s that schools cannot compensate for society but we might now ask: can universities compensate for the economy?
  • Part 3: Knowers - adds new conceptual tools to the understanding of subjectivity within Bernstein's sociology of knowledge and elaborates conceptual developments about pedagogic regulation, consciousness and embodiment.

This book will appeal to sociologists, educationists and higher educators internationally and to students on sociology of education, curriculum and policy studies courses.

Notes on contributorsp. vii
From monasteries to markets: will universities survive?p. 1
Knowledge and knowers in late modernityp. 21
Knowledge-building: analysing the cumulative development of ideasp. 23
Social life in disciplinesp. 39
Knowledge theory and praxis: on the Anglo-French debate on reproductionp. 54
Shifting cargo: from singulars to regions and generic knowledge formsp. 67
Changing knowledge in higher educationp. 69
Teachers' conceptions of knowledge structures and pedagogic practices in higher educationp. 90
Curriculum development processes in a Journalism and Media Studies Departmentp. 107
Vocational qualifications and access to knowledgep. 124
Multiply anchored subjectivitiesp. 141
'Psychic defences' and institutionalised formations of knowledgep. 143
Positioning the regulative orderp. 157
Bernstein, body pedagogies and the corporeal devicep. 176
Indexp. 191
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ISBN: 9780415582094
ISBN-10: 0415582091
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 17th November 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1