The enduring insignificance of a school for its village: an English case study.

Hillyard, Sam (2020) The enduring insignificance of a school for its village: an English case study. Journal of Rural Studies . ISSN 0743-0167

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Abstract

Rural schools are culturally valued for what they bring to the local community but under-researched. The article
explores the role of the school within the rural community using new ethnographic material. It applies Bourdieu’s field
theory to understand the nuances within one English village. The local conditions informed a distinctive economic and
social history that inhibited strong school-community relations. This created a stasis or inertia that was difficult for the
school alone to overcome. The blended gentrification created by the expansion of the village had in turn changed the
character of the village. Bourdieu’s notion of field illustrates this interplay between rural imaginaries, space, cultural
arbitraries and capitals – and their combined impact upon the status of the school in its village.

Keywords:Field theory; Ethnography; Primary school; Community; Stasis
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:40883
Deposited On:22 May 2020 11:18

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