The turn towards policy mobilities and the theoretical-methodological implications for policy sociology

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Lewis, Steven. (2020). The turn towards policy mobilities and the theoretical-methodological implications for policy sociology. Critical Studies in Education. pp. 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2020.1808499
AuthorsLewis, Steven
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This paper reflects critically upon how the ‘mobilities turn’ in the social sciences, and its subsequent contribution towards ‘policy mobilities’, offers theoretical and methodological resources that can be usefully harnessed in education policy sociology. Just as there are new ways in which policy is being made and moved, there are equally new ways to be a researcher of education policy who seeks to understand these processes. My purpose here is to help crystallise and make explicit these new mobilities-informed approaches, not only for the purpose of considering how mobility can help reconsider how to think and practise policy sociology, but also to better reflect and accommodate the empirical changes inherent in contemporary policymaking and enactment. I first survey the literature around the mobilities turn and emphasise its implications for social science research, before turning to how policy mobilities theories and methodologies can be employed within policy sociology. Finally, I close the paper by reflecting on the implications of conducting policy sociology with a policy mobility lens and outline the issues that come from foregrounding movement in the research of education policy.

Keywordspolicy sociology; policy mobilities; methodology; theory; relational; space; topology; infrastructure
Year2020
JournalCritical Studies in Education
Journal citationpp. 1-16
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1750-8487
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2020.1808499
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85089505256
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Accepted07 Aug 2020
Deposited15 Jun 2021
ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
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