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Welcome to the Table: A Bourdieusian Take on Gifted New Zealand Young Women

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School of Social Practice (Education), Laidlaw College, Auckland 0610, New Zealand
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Faculty of Education and Social Work, School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
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Faculty of Education and Social Work, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
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Academic Editors: Susen Smith and James Albright
Educ. Sci. 2021, 11(3), 106; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11030106
Received: 31 August 2020 / Revised: 17 December 2020 / Accepted: 17 February 2021 / Published: 5 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Gifted Education)
The field of gifted and talented studies has its origins in the intelligence quotient research of the late 19th and early 20th century. These psychological foundations remain a strong influence even though the field has since expanded to include other paradigms and greater diversity in conceptions of giftedness and talent. Some researchers argue that the field could benefit from greater interdisciplinary engagement, especially in studies of gifted and talented girls, which tend to include a focus on how gifted girls’ external environments influence their emotional worlds. This article proposes that concepts developed by critical sociologist Pierre Bourdieu are useful for expanding and deepening understandings of the internal and external worlds of gifted and talented girls. It offers evidence from a recent qualitative study with academically gifted and talented teenaged girls in New Zealand. The results highlighted the marginalised position of the gifted and talented identity and the privileging of identities that were based on dispositions versus innate ability. The study also identified a hierarchy of valued forms of capital within the teenage girl social landscape and a resulting theorisation of an empowered gifted and talented girl habitus. This article demonstrates how Bourdieu’s work is a constructive addition to the field. View Full-Text
Keywords: gifted; talented; girls; Bourdieu; sociology; theory; girlhood gifted; talented; girls; Bourdieu; sociology; theory; girlhood
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Gaerlan-Price, E.; Wardman, J.; Bruce, T. Welcome to the Table: A Bourdieusian Take on Gifted New Zealand Young Women. Educ. Sci. 2021, 11, 106. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11030106

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Gaerlan-Price E, Wardman J, Bruce T. Welcome to the Table: A Bourdieusian Take on Gifted New Zealand Young Women. Education Sciences. 2021; 11(3):106. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11030106

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Gaerlan-Price, Eunice, Janna Wardman, and Toni Bruce. 2021. "Welcome to the Table: A Bourdieusian Take on Gifted New Zealand Young Women" Education Sciences 11, no. 3: 106. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11030106

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