Journal article

Activist dispositions for social justice in advantaged and disadvantaged contexts of schooling

Carmen Mills, Trevor Gale, Stephen Parker, Catherine Smith, Russell Cross

BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

This article advances current conceptions of teacher activism through an exploration of the social justice dispositions of teachers in advantaged and disadvantaged contexts of schooling. We interrogate the practices of teachers in a government school, with a high proportion of refugee students and students from low socio-economic backgrounds, in a high-fees, multi-campus independent school, and in a disadvantaged Systemic Catholic school to illustrate how Bourdieu’s notion of dispositions (which are constitutive of the habitus) and Fraser’s distinction between affirmative and transformative justice are together productive of four types of teacher activism. Specifically, we show that activist..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

Australian Research Council financial supported the project [DP130101297 Social Justice Dispositions Informing Teachers' Pedagogy].