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Reading Groups

Reading Groups 2011/2012

You are invited to attend the first sessions of two reading groups based within the School of Education at the University of Manchester. The reading groups provide a great way to engage with theory in a relaxed and supportive way with other students and lecturers. The groups embrace simple questions and devastating intellectual insights with the same friendly enthusiasm and are open to staff and students from across the university (and beyond, so please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may be interested).The groups meet on alternate Tuesdays in room AG9 of the Ellen Wilkinson building from 4-5.30pm. If you wish to be kept informed of future sessions and receive the readings please email the address given for the group you are interested in.

Tue 4th October, 4pm, AG9,    Bourdieu Reading Group

The work of French Sociologist Pierre Bourdieu focuses on how power and inequality within society are reproduced. The group will initially be reading the book ‘Weight of the world: social suffering in contemporary society’. The reading for the first session is available here:

Tue 11th October, 4pm, AG9,     Cultural Historical Reading Group

This group focuses on the social, cultural and historical influences on learning, and in particular the work of Vygotsky, Leontiev and Bakhtin (as well as more recent work which has built on this tradition). The group will initially be reading some chapters from James Wertsch’s, ‘Voices of the Mind’ as a gentle (-ish) introduction to the work of Bakhtin and Volosinov which will follow in future sessions. The initial reading, chapter 4 on ‘The multivoicedness of meaning,’ is available here:



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