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Antagonism and overdetermination: the production of student positions in contrasting undergraduate disciplines and institutions in the United Kingdom

Lapping, Claudia (2005) Antagonism and overdetermination: the production of student positions in contrasting undergraduate disciplines and institutions in the United Kingdom. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 26 (5). pp. 657-671. ISSN 0142-5692

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Abstract

Based on data drawn from an empirical research project in four UK universities, this article presents a picture of student positions in undergraduate classes as a product of the relationship between the discursive fields of discipline, institution and gender. It begins by providing a description of some contrasting features of academic disciplines, and then identifies ways in which these features conflict with features of other discursive fields, to marginalize specific students or groups of students. The article draws on the conceptual vocabulary of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe to argue that where features of discursive fields overlap, social identities are overdetermined, while where features of discursive fields conflict, social identities are placed in an antagonistic and unstable relation to social and symbolic systems.

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Additional Information: Field of enquiry: Sociology of knowledge Theoretical framework: Laclau and Mouffe's conception of overdetermination and antagonism in constitution of discursive fields Original contribution: the article presents original empirical data on the relationship between academic disciplines, gender and institutions and relates this to Laclau and Mouffe's theoretical description of social (re)production. Research basis: The research is based on data collected in a qualitative study of 4 undergraduate modules in contrasting higher education institutions: observations of classes and interviews with students and teachers. Refereeing procedures: I received 2 anonymous reviews from the BJSE Contribution of author: all mine This is an electronic version of an article published in Lapping, Claudia (2005) Antagonism and overdetermination: the production of student positions in contrasting undergraduate disciplines and institutions in the United Kingdom. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 26 (5). pp. 657-671. British Journal of Sociology of Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/01425690500293660
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Learning, Curriculum and Communication
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Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2010 11:00
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:43
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/967
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