Academic Literacies: Challenging the logic of practice

Palgrave Macmillan
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Bourdieu’s Field Theory and the Social Sciences, 2018, First, pp. 67-81
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This chapter focuses on the Australian higher education (HE) field, one which is both dominated and dominating within the broader national and international fields of power , and is itself a contested, uneven space. Here, students struggle to accumulate the necessary capital to secure a legitimate place within the university. When students come to an Australian university from backgrounds where they may be unfamiliar with the university’s cultural content, practices, and assumptions, or be the first to attend university in their extended family, what provisions are made for students to become aware of ‘how things are done here’? This chapter utilises Bourdieu’s field theory to examine academic literacy support practices, processes of acculturation, and perceptions of the scope for change in the logic of practice of the HE field.
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