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Title: Assured optimism in a Scottish girls’ school: habitus and the (re)production of global privilege
Authors: Forbes, Joan
Lingard, Bob
Contact Email: j.c.forbes@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: elite schooling
habitus
assured optimism
multiple capitals
spatio-temporalities
soft practices
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Forbes J & Lingard B (2015) Assured optimism in a Scottish girls’ school: habitus and the (re)production of global privilege, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 36 (1), pp. 116-136.
Abstract: This paper examines how high levels of social–cultural connectedness and academic excellence, inflected by gender and social class, constitute a particular school habitus of ‘assured optimism’ at an elite Scottish girls’ school. In Bourdieuian terms, Dalrymple is a ‘forcing ground’ for the ‘intense cultivation’ of a particular privileging habitus. The paper analyses the ‘institutional’ habitus of this particular private girls’ school, drawing on headteacher interviews and student survey and focus group data, and relevant documents. The school is currently re-positioning itself to educate girls for global professional futures through the production of a desired habitus and certain spatio-temporalities.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/24277
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2014.967839
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Affiliation: Education
University of Queensland

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