Cultural Studies of Science Education

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 477–493 | Cite as

Habitus, social fields, and circuits in rural science education

  • Carol B. Brandt
  • Wesley Shumar
  • Lorie Hammond
  • Heidi Carlone
  • Sue Kimmel
  • Christina Tschida


Schooling and science education are embedded within larger socio-cultural, political and economic contexts, influenced by global flows of capital, labor, ideas, and images. In this article we consider the ways in which ethnography traces the web of interactions (circuits), in a rural community and the ways that science inquiry was associated with character education. Our discussion examines the relationship between social fields, habitus, and meritocracy under new and ever-changing neoliberal conditions. These macro-level forces play out in everyday practices in the community and reveal schools, as well as science education, as sites for struggle.


Meritocracy Neoliberalism Character education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol B. Brandt
    • 1
  • Wesley Shumar
    • 2
  • Lorie Hammond
    • 3
  • Heidi Carlone
    • 4
  • Sue Kimmel
    • 4
  • Christina Tschida
    • 4
  1. 1.School of EducationVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.California State University at SacramentoSacramentoUSA
  4. 4.The School of EducationThe University of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboroUSA

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