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Negative capital: a generalised definition and application to educational effectiveness and equity

Negative capital: a generalised definition and application to educational effectiveness and equity
Negative capital: a generalised definition and application to educational effectiveness and equity
The concept of capital has risen in prominence within educational policy and practice in the UK since Ofsted introduced cultural capital into its inspection processes in 2019. At the same time, fractured discourses exist across different types of capital - one of which concerns capitals that are negative in constitution and/or impact. This paper addresses both through:
• A systematic literature review of these negativities (in social, economic, and intellectual capital) and a thematic analysis of these papers, leading to the derivation of a definition of negative capital.

• An evaluation of the merit of negative capital via its compatibility with Bourdieu’s concepts of social field, social field homology, habitus, and hysteresis.

• The application of negative capital to a range of examples from educational practice and theory, including a challenge to Ofsted’s use of cultural capital.
Economic Capital, Educational Effectiveness Research, Hysteresis, Intellectual capital, Negative Capital, Social Capital, Social Field, Systematic Literature Review, educational effectiveness, habitus
0305-4985
316-334
Hall, James
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Allan, Alexandra
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Tomlinson, Michael
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Kelly, Anthony
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Lindorff, Ariel
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Hall, James
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Allan, Alexandra
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Tomlinson, Michael
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Kelly, Anthony
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Lindorff, Ariel
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Hall, James, Allan, Alexandra, Tomlinson, Michael, Kelly, Anthony and Lindorff, Ariel (2021) Negative capital: a generalised definition and application to educational effectiveness and equity. Oxford Review of Education, 47 (3), 316-334. (doi:10.1080/03054985.2020.1835626).

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Abstract

The concept of capital has risen in prominence within educational policy and practice in the UK since Ofsted introduced cultural capital into its inspection processes in 2019. At the same time, fractured discourses exist across different types of capital - one of which concerns capitals that are negative in constitution and/or impact. This paper addresses both through:
• A systematic literature review of these negativities (in social, economic, and intellectual capital) and a thematic analysis of these papers, leading to the derivation of a definition of negative capital.

• An evaluation of the merit of negative capital via its compatibility with Bourdieu’s concepts of social field, social field homology, habitus, and hysteresis.

• The application of negative capital to a range of examples from educational practice and theory, including a challenge to Ofsted’s use of cultural capital.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2 October 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 18 November 2020
Published date: 1 June 2021
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Copyright: Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.
Keywords: Economic Capital, Educational Effectiveness Research, Hysteresis, Intellectual capital, Negative Capital, Social Capital, Social Field, Systematic Literature Review, educational effectiveness, habitus

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Local EPrints ID: 445026
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/445026
ISSN: 0305-4985
PURE UUID: 33b13714-3446-4979-805a-79fd89675ef0
ORCID for James Hall: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8002-0922
ORCID for Michael Tomlinson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1057-5188
ORCID for Anthony Kelly: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4664-8585

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Date deposited: 18 Nov 2020 17:30
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 04:17

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Author: James Hall ORCID iD
Author: Alexandra Allan
Author: Anthony Kelly ORCID iD
Author: Ariel Lindorff

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