HART publication on aspirations in Further Education published

Daniel Connolly
Daniel Connolly

We are delighted to announce the publication of a paper relating to research carried out by the HART team in Sport, Education and Society. The work, led by Daniel Connolly and supervised by Dr. Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson and Dr. Adam Evans, focused upon the career aspirations of two cohorts of sport students in Further Education in the United Kingdom. This work recently contributed to Daniel’s successful defence of his MSc by Research degree.

Taking an ethnographic perspective and using a Bourdieusian framework to analyse results, the paper analyses the internalised, often latent cultural practices that impact upon these students diverse career aspirations.  The article reveals how the two student cohorts are situated within a complex field of relations, where struggles for legitimisation, academic accomplishment and numerous forms of lucrative capital become habituated. The paper also offers salient Bourdieusian-inspired insights into the career aspirations of these predominantly working class students and the ways in which certain educational practices contribute to the production and reproduction of class inequalities.

The full reference for this work is:

  • Connolly, D., Allen-Collinson, J. and Evans, A. B. (2015). A level playing ‘field’? A Bourdieusian analysis of the career aspirations of further education students on sports courses.’ Sport, Education and Society (Published Online Ahead of Print, DOI: 1080/13573322.2014.994175)


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