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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Bourdieu and the Big Society: empowering the powerful in public service provision?
Author(s): Hastings, Annette
Matthews, Peter
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Issue Date: 1-Oct-2015
Date Deposited: 11-Jan-2016
Citation: Hastings A & Matthews P (2015) Bourdieu and the Big Society: empowering the powerful in public service provision?. Policy and Politics, 43 (4), pp. 545-560.
Abstract: here is concern that the 'localism' promoted by the UK Coalition Government will further empower the already powerful. This paper uses Bourdieu's theory of practice to theorise middle-class public service use. Building on a previous evidence review (Matthews and Hastings, 2013) it considers whether the habitus of the middle-classes enables them to gain disproportionate benefit from public services. Service provision is understood as a 'field' marked by a competitive struggle between social agents who embody class-based power asymmetries. It finds that engagement with the state is a classed practice producing benefits to those already empowered and that localism may exacerbate inequalities.
DOI Link: 10.1332/030557314X14080105693951
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