The scholar, the wealthy and the powerful: notes on academic culture in elite-focused fieldwork
Journal of Education and Work
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Bertron, C., & Kolopp, S. (2017). The scholar, the wealthy and the powerful: notes on academic culture in elite-focused fieldwork. Journal of Education and Work, 30 (2)https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2017.1278907
© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Drawing on our experiences of interviewing elites, this article suggests that methodological reflexivity yields insights into the construction of symbolic and social hierarchies in contextualised interactions. The paper focuses on ‘academic culture’ as the locus through which power relations were experienced in interview situations–more so than structures such as age, gender, race and class. We argue that academic cultural resources do not always function as valuable assets in interviews with elites, and explore how different elite interviewees mobilise a wide-ranging cultural repertoire to display status.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2017.1278907
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/299187
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