Dig where you stand: Working life biographies as a challenge to the neoliberal classroom

Carol Stephenson, John Stirling, David Wray

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Abstract

Neoliberal interpretations of the social world reject structural explanations in favour of those that see agency as primary. This orthodoxy presents a challenge to teachers who seek to support the development of a sociological understanding, particularly where disadvantaged students are undermined by the stigma associated with these interpretations. This article explores a teaching strategy which draws upon readings of auto/biography on the part of both teachers and students to develop a critical understanding of the relationship between agency and structure. We argue that such an approach can take sociology back to its radical roots as a transformative and radicalising discipline.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-412
JournalCapital & Class
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

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