Bourdieu in Nigeria: the colonial habitus and elite Nigerian parents’ aspirations for their children

Ayling, Pere (2018) Bourdieu in Nigeria: the colonial habitus and elite Nigerian parents’ aspirations for their children. In: International perspectives on theorizing aspirations: applying Bourdieu’s tools. Social theory and methodology in education research . Bloomsbury, London, UK, pp. 195-209. ISBN 9781350040335

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Sociological studies using Bourdieu’s concepts have burgeoned in recent years. Th e growth of Bourdieuphiles (to use Lamont’s (2 012: 229) description of Bourdieu’s devotees) refl ects the increasing popularity of Bourdieu-inspired research and researchers within the fi eld of social science in general, and sociology in particular. Yet, despite their international reach and popularity, Bourdieu’s theoretical concepts are rarely utilized in studies in Africa exploring parents’ school choices and aspirations for their children. Th e few Bourdieu-inspired research project in postcolonial contexts have focused on the political ( Burawoy and V on Holdt 2012) and literary (D alleo 2016) fi elds rather than the microsocial processes of social class reproduction and elite identity formation and/or preservation more specifi cally. Th is chapter refl ects on a recent research project on Nigerian elite parents which applied Bourdieu’s concepts to understand how parents’ aspiration of transforming their children into transnational elites, while reproducing their social positioning at the same time, was realized through the consumption of ‘white’ schooling.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nigeria, Bourdieu, colonial
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Young People & Education
Depositing User: Pere Ayling
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2019 09:12
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 09:12

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