Author Archives: pat thomson

About pat thomson

Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham, UK

bourdieu and blogs (yes, really)

Today I’ve been wondering about a field analysis, a la Bourdieu, of academic publishing. I dare say someone’s done this and it’s just one of the very many, many things that I haven’t caught up with. I’ve been thinking about … Continue reading

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book blogging – it’s done but not dusted

We’ve played The Hallelujah Chorus. We’ve bounced around to Bowie’s Let’s dance. We’ve shouted Ole and Hooray several times. Yes, we’ve finished a first draft. We have 80,000 words or so – 60,000 of which were written in the last … Continue reading

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book blogging – managing tiredness

We’ve now recognised a pattern in this two-days per chapter fast-writing business. The first day is harder than the second. That’s because on the first day we have to work out how to rhetorically frame the chapter and the order that … Continue reading

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book blogging – making room for two

Ta dah. Loud fanfare. We have now written seven chapters, five of them in this sitting. That’s two days per chapter. Whew. We’ve had to be pretty organised to achieve this level of productivity. We’ve not only done a lot of … Continue reading

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book blogging – a day to remember

No matter how good the plan you started with, chances are that at some point in the book writing you’ll change some of it. Sometimes this is because, as you write, you realise that things need to be in a … Continue reading

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book blogging – wallowing in mud

Sometimes this book writing business is very hard work. Mostly it’s not. Barbara and I chatter, laugh and write fast. It’s perhaps because it’s generally good fun and productive that the reverse experience comes as a bit of a shock. … Continue reading

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book blogging – and on the seventh day they rested

Barbara and I have built a little break into the middle of our writing time. We know that we can’t work really intensively for two and a bit weeks. That’s too much altogether. We had to anticipate that we’d run … Continue reading

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