Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy
University of Glasgow | UofG · School of Education

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Social Theory and Education Research is an advanced and accessible text that illustrates the diverse ways in which social theories can be applied to educational research methodologies. It provides in-depth overviews of the various theories by well-known and much-debated thinkers – Michel Foucault, Jürgen Habermas, Pierre Bourdieu and Jacques Derrid...
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This chapter explores the theory and practice of civil society, the social sphere that provides a space for resistance and struggle as well as critical debate and communication. Its place in social theory has been a constant since the time of Hegel, its importance in the twenty-first century evident in movements such as Black Lives Matter. This cha...
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This chapter introduces the reader to theories of the body, a topic with a rich history and one whose importance is magnified via the contemporary fascination with the politics of bodily representation. The chapter covers the key contributions to knowledge in this field, including Mary Douglas’ anthropological approach to the body; Michel Foucault’...
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Knowledge has been at the forefront of social theory, a core concern being to comprehend what counts as valued knowledge and whose knowledge is deemed important. This chapter is organised around three main areas: debates over knowledge and objectivity, including the work of Karl Mannheim and the positivist debate of the 1960s; critical offshoots of...
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A concern with language has surfaced in many strands of social theory, often framed around the power of language to shape meaning and communication in everyday life. There have been numerous contributions to debates over the social nature of language, and this chapter details some of the more significant theories in this field. The chapter is organ...
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Often considered a more personal phenomenon, social theory has reconstituted emotions as socially constructed, opening up new lines of conceptual inquiry. Recent social theory for example has witnessed the growing influence of Axel Honneth and his theory of recognition, one that posits emotions as belonging to the intersubjective relational realm....
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The concluding chapter provides some further reflections on the issues raised throughout the book, including the role of the digital in social theory, the importance of language and the significance of reason as a subject of debate in social theory. The chapter also includes a discussion of the role of hybridisation in theory construction and the i...
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A concern with social justice is at the centre of social theory and is one of the key factors behind the development of theory-driven approaches to understanding society. Implied conceptions of justice can be found across the theoretical spectrum, but there have been more explicit interventions that aim to develop comprehensive theories of justice....
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This chapter explores the various approaches to the state that have developed within social theory. The debate over the role of the state took a social-theoretical turn in the political philosophy of Hegel, whose influence can be witnessed in the theories of Karl Marx and others. Hegel positioned the state alongside the process of capitalist modern...
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This chapter details various ways in which social theory has portrayed the self, exploring the extent to which the external world of cultural norms, economic forces and political practices impinge on selfhood. This chapter examines contributions to this topic from different intellectual traditions, and is organised around the following themes: earl...
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Since its inception social theory has concentrated on the relation between economics and society, exploring in particular the consequences of capitalist modernisation for issues of justice and social solidarity. This chapter explores the reception of economics in social theory, and is structured to cover the following topics: Karl Marx and the theo...
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Related to the focus on the state is the concept of governance, a long-standing area of interest in social theory. This chapter explores the development of governance theory, starting with Max Weber’s concern over bureaucracy and the ‘iron cage’ of modernity. This chapter engages with two important responses to Weber, first of all, Theodor Adorno a...
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The sphere of culture occupies a special space in social theory, generating a set of wildly different perspectives. In some approaches, culture can act as a tool of social transformation, while in others it can inhibit change and be a tool of social reproduction and economic inequality. This chapter explores these distinct takes on culture in socia...
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Social Theory and the Politics of Higher Education brings together an international group of scholars who shine a theoretical light on the politics of academic life and higher education. The book covers three key areas: Institutional governance, with a specific focus on issues such as measurement, surveillance, accountability, regulation, performan...
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Social Theory and the Politics of Higher Education brings together an international group of scholars who shine a theoretical light on the politics of academic life and higher education. The book covers three key areas: Institutional governance, with a specific focus on issues such as measurement, surveillance, accountability, regulation, performan...
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This textbook delivers a new thematic introduction to social theory that explores theoretical issues in their contemporary social contexts. Each chapter is devoted to a specific thematic area, including the state, governance, the economy, civil society, culture, language, knowledge, the self, emotions, the body, and social justice. Each chapter det...
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Social Theory and the Politics of Higher Education brings together an international group of scholars who shine a theoretical light on the politics of academic life and higher education. The book covers three key areas: Institutional governance, with a specific focus on issues such as measurement, surveillance, accountability, regulation, performa...
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Recent years have seen the spread of a litigation culture in the UK education sector, with members of the public increasingly seeking recourse to the law to appeal, complain, or achieve compensation. The increasing tendency of people to resort to litigation suggests that recourse to the law is seen as a more immediate form of taking education servi...
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A substantial amount of research evidence has been gathered regarding the pathologies of accountability, but less attention has been paid to the reasons why such pathologies occur in the first place. The paper addresses this issue by exploring accountability in the context of Habermas’ theory of lifeworld colonization. The paper explores the value...
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Media and communication practices are of core importance to the intent of a European knowledge society that thrives to be competitive and aims to be inclusive. Media and communication policies at the European level date back from the 1970s with the introduction of legislation for radio and television broadcast between member states. Since then and...
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“This book is a brilliant interdisciplinary analysis of the interplay between education and other forms of public policy. Its case studies shine a new light not just on the impact of education across policy areas, but also on its striking significance for European integration as a whole.” —Xavier Prats-Monné, Former Director General for Education,...
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This chapter brings together the set of case studies presented in this volume, emphasising the interplay between education and other forms of public policy, such as health, agriculture, migration, digital media and communications, environment and language. The conclusion highlights the strong message coming through from the chapters that education...
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Eğitim araştırmacıları çalışmalarında farklı teorisyenlerden faydalanıyor olsalar da, bir kaçının eğitim için daha farklı bir öneme sahip oldukları söylenebilir. Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, John Dewey ve Paulo Freire gibi düşünürler bir önceki nesli etkilerken, daha çağdaş tartışmaların büyük bir kısmı Michel Foucault, Jürgen Habermas, Pierre Bourd...
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This paper focuses on learning practices in higher education in relation to a digital participatory culture. Using key principles of critical education, the research set out to explore higher education students’ sense of agency online – or lack of it –as part of their formal learning practices. The research found that although students were profici...
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Intellectual life in countries such as the UK and elsewhere is currently framed by a seeming contradiction. On the one hand, notions of engagement and knowledge transfer have taken centre stage in higher education institutions in their desire to create impact with the general public and non-academic institutions. But on the other hand, these societ...
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Bourdieu’s career long endeavour was to devise both theoretical and methodological tools that could apprehend and explain the social world and its mechanisms of cultural (re)production and related forms of domination. Amongst the several key concepts developed by Bourdieu, habitus has gained prominence as both a research lens and a research instrum...
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Traduzione italiana del volume "Psychoanalysis and Education. Minding a gap" a cura di Alan Bainbridge e Linden West.
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One of the greatest contributors to the field of Sociology, Jürgen Habermas has had a wide-ranging and significant impact on understandings of social change and social conflict. He has inspired researchers in a range of disciplines with his multidimensional social theory, however an overview of his theory in applied settings is long overdue. This c...
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Little research has been conducted exploring the relationship between public-sector accountability and the law. This is a significant oversight given the potential for this relationship to cause unintended consequences around issues of liability, especially in the context of a growing litigation culture. The purpose of the current research is to ex...
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Forty five per cent of adults in the Dublin region left school at or before 15 years of age, compared to 35 per cent nationally. In some areas of Dublin this figure drops to below 7 per cent but in the poorest areas it can rise to 70 per cent. Designated disadvantaged areas in Dublin have serious levels of early school leaving (ESL). Forty-three of...
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This article reports on a study carried out on the impact of quality assurance mechanisms on street-level bureaucrats in Northern England (teachers, nurses and social workers). A key aim of the research was to explore the ways in which these mechanisms negotiate the much older regulatory function of time. The findings suggest that these mechanisms...
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This collection brings together for the first time a set of researchers whose research methodologies centre on Bourdieu's concept of habitus. Full of insight and innovation, the book is an essential read for anyone wanting to know more about approaches to social theory and its application in research. One of its core objectives is to assist social...
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In his quest to transcend a set of interconnected dichotomies — structure-agency, subjectivism/objectivism, theory/practice — Pierre Bourdieu created a set of thinking tools that allowed him to explore different sociological phenomena, phenomena such as educational inequality cultural reproduction, social positioning and mobility, class and distinc...
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This study is based on interviews with 25 programme leaders at two universities in England. Programme leadership is ubiquitous and essential to effective university operations, yet there is surprisingly little research on the role. It is an ambiguous and complex form of leadership, existing as it does in the space between standard academic and mana...
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The decision to make the UK student population financially responsible for their own university education has major implications for the future of higher education provision. Chief among these implications will undoubtedly be a much stronger emphasis on the student experience, not least the experience of the teaching and learning environment. Given...
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The idea of radical pedagogy is connected to the ideals of social justice and democracy and also to the ethical demands of love, care and human flourishing, an emotional context that is sometimes forgotten in discussions of power and inequality. Both this emotional context and also the emphasis on politics can be found in the writings of Paolo Frei...
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Much emphasis is currently placed on the impact of marketisation on higher education and the damage it has caused to forms of academic and student identity. Evident is a concern that much of value in these identities has been lost amidst the pressure of audit, performance indicators and consumerism. This paper explores the changes to these identiti...
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The role of public policy in shaping the language of education Before discussing the potential contribution to education that can be made by psychoanalytic theory and Honneth's philosophy, we want to say something about the hegemonic role that government policy has played, over recent years, in redirecting the discourse of HE study from the pursuit...
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There has been a recent general resurgence of interest in civil society, a resurgence that is also found in adult education. Radical adult educators, in particular, view civil society as the privileged sphere of radical learning and social change. It is seen as the site to engage in democratic struggle, social movements and political change. This n...
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Alongside debates concerning managerialism, marketisation and performativity, the question of accountability in higher education has come to the fore in recent commentary. Discussion of the subject has tended to be divided into two distinct camps. On the one hand, there are strong calls for more accountability to the public purse – a desire to witn...
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Jürgen Habermas has had a major impact on the development of social and political theory for fifty years and is generally regarded as the contemporary embodiment of the critical theory tradition of the Frankfurt School. He is a vocal public intellectual recovering the progressive traditions from Kant and the Enlightenment and is, according to Berns...
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Jürgen Habermas has had a long-standing interest in the process of European integration, viewing it as an inescapable response to the pitfalls of globalization and the shortcoming of nation-state bounded welfare systems. He believes that, in the form of political and economic integration, Europe is being given a ‘second chance’. He argues, however,...
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Education in Europe has been one more aspect of social policy, traditionally held to exist within the sovereignty of member states, which has been encroached upon by supranational institutions. This paper explores the legitimacy of the partial control over education matters that has been gained by the European Union since the 1970s, examining in pa...
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Like social inclusion, “partnership” became part of the preferred policy jargon in the 1990s, both in EU and national policy arenas. Whilst it could be argued that the usage of such terms reflects a consensus on social and political issues that so far does not exist, the popularity of “partnership” based models of social intervention does tend to r...
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ABSTRACT The debate about access to higher education in Ireland has been linked to the debate about educational equality and socio-economic disadvantage. Most of the discussion so far has centred on mechanisms for gaining entry to higher education institutions – establishing access and foundation courses, increasing numbers of non-traditional entra...
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The provision of out-reach access initiatives constitutes the most recent development in the growing field of access. Initiatives like Work-based access, School-Higher Education links and Community-based access courses, are now viewed as important methods of widening participation in higher education. This development entails something of a transfo...
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Firstly some stark figures that speak for themselves. Forty five per cent of adults in the Dublin region left school at or before 15 years of age, compared to 35 per cent nationally. In some of the more affluent areas of Dublin this figure drops to below 7 per cent but in the poorest areas it can rise to 70 per cent. Designated disadvantaged areas...
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Incl. abstract, bibl. The concept of lifelong learning has become ubiquitous in education policy and theory, a development that has not escaped the attention of those working in adult education. For all the debate, little has been said regarding the political and economic forces behind its renewed importance. The paper argues that one of the main r...
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The debate about access to higher education in Ireland has been linked to the debate about educational equality and socio-economic disadvantage. Most of the discussion so far has centred on mechanisms for gaining entry to higher education institutions - establishing access and foundation courses, increasing numbers of non-traditional entrants and g...
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This report presents a study of the structures, reviews, and evaluations of preventative education measures (designed to prevent dropouts) in Dublin schools in order to make recommendations for developing models of best practice. An introduction presents study aims, objectives, and methodology. Section 1 provides an overview of the policy context o...
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Several reports have highlighted and explored the policy and practical aspects of access to higher education for mature students in Ireland (Morris, 1997; Martin and O‟Neill, 1997; Inglis & Murphy, 1998). The Report of the Steering Committee on the Future of Higher Education proposed that mature students as a proportion of full-time entrants should...
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This article builds upon recent interest in models of funding Continuing Education (McGivney 1990, Berrell and Smith 1996, Matkin 1997). It is based on an EU-funded project which examined inter alia current funding models for Continuing Education (CE) within four European Union countries - France, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. The article firstly di...
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A stratified sample of 554 mature students at University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland was studied. The sample included 200 unsuccessful applicants, 98 full-time mature students, 95 mature graduates, 100 modular bachelor of arts students, and 61 students who withdrew from UCD. A 50% response rate was achieved. The typical mature student was equal...
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Several recent reports have highlighted and explored the policy and practical aspects of access to higher education for mature students in Ireland (Morris, 1997; Martin and O’Neill, 1997). The Government Report of the Steering Committee on the Future of Higher Education proposed that mature students as a proportion of full-time entrants should incr...
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Several reports have highlighted and explored the policy and practical aspects of access to higher education for mature students in Ireland (Morris, 1997; Martin and O’Neill, 1997; Inglis & Murphy, 1998). The Report of the Steering Committee on the Future of Higher Education proposed that mature students as a proportion of full-time entrants should...

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