Cover of Academic Discourse by Pierre Bourdieu, Jean-Claude Passeron, Monique De Saint Martin
Academic Discourse
Linguistic Misunderstanding and Professorial Power
Pierre Bourdieu, Jean-Claude Passeron, Monique De Saint Martin

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1994
144 pages.
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Education depends crucially on language: knowledge and skills are taught through a process of linguistic exchange. But how much of the language used by teachers and professors is actually understood by students? To what extent does the social background of students affect their capacity to understand the language used in the classroom or the lecture hall? Why do students and teachers overestimate the success of the educational process and underestimate the degree of misunderstanding involved?

In this important work Pierre Bourdieu and his associates explore these and other questions through a careful study of the role of language and linguistic misunderstanding in the teaching contexts of higher education.