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Journal quality grading: A Bourdieuian perspective

Lynch, P.A. and Blaxter, I. (2010) Journal quality grading: A Bourdieuian perspective. In: 17th ISA World Congress of Sociology, 2010-07-11 - 2010-07-17.

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Abstract

A critical examination is undertaken of United Kingdom journal ranking lists in business and management in relation to 'peripheral' industry-facing subjects using hospitality and tourism as an exemplar, with particular focus upon methodological and social construction processes. The paper adds to limited critical literature by contributing to recognising the power structures and contested nature of power underlying list creation. Lists contribute to discourse construction in the workplace and the wider academic community bringing many organisational and managerial benefits. However, a Bourdieuian analysis suggests they also reflect symbolic violence, bad faith, and raises questions of transparency, integrity and ethics, as well as generating criticisms in respect of their reliability and validity. Theoretical issues are debated and practical recommendations are made in order to raise the standards of list construction.