dr. B. (Bo) Paulle


  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht  166
    1018 WV  Amsterdam
  • B.Paulle@uva.nl
    T:  0205252435

Bowen Paulle is presently principal investigator of five-year, mixed method evaluation project funded by a Rotterdam based philanthropic foundation (Stichting De Verre Bergen). Initiated and largely managed at the grassroots level by a voluntary organization (Vitaal Pendrecht), the primary aim of this effort is to achieve measurable increases in the cognitive and socio-emotional development of roughly 1000 students attending four different primacy school students in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Rotterdam. A secondary aim is to facilitate social cohesion and collective efficacy among residents living in, and organizations operating in, this challenged neighborhood. Paulle is also researching the inner workings, effects, and applicability (in the Netherlands) of two potentially scalable interventions meant to dramatically improve the educational and life outcomes of deeply disadvantaged students and (incarcerated) adults – Match-style tutoring and the Guiding Rage Into Power (GRIP) program. 

Paulle’s main research interests include urban marginality, educational inequality, process evaluation, embodiment, ethnographic fieldwork and social theory.

For information on my book, Toxic Schools, see the following website:

For a review on my new book, Toxic Schools, see the following websites: 

For a podcast on my new book, Toxic Schools, see the following website (the podcast can be found at the bottom of the page): 

Lecture of Bowen Paulle and Susan Fainstein on "The Just City" at the Balie in Amsterdam:

Bowen Paulle about his research and book 'Toxic Schools'

2015

  • B. Paulle & M. Emirbayer (in press). Beneath rationalization: Elias, Foucault, and the body. European Journal of Social Theory.

2014

2013

2012

  • B. Paulle, B. van Heerikhuizen & M. Emirbayer (2012). Elias and Bourdieu. Journal of Classical Sociology, 12 (1), 69-93. doi: 10.1177/1468795X11433708

2011

  • B. Paulle, B. van Heerikhuizen & M. Emirbayer (2011). Elias and Bourdieu. In S. Susen & B.S. Turner (Eds.), The legacy of Pierre Bourdieu: critical essays (Key issues in modern sociology) (pp. 145-172). London: Anthem.

2011

  • B. Paulle (2011). Language, parenting, and inequality. In C. Brinkgreve, M. van den Haak, B. van Heerikhuizen, J. Heilbron & G. Kuipers (Eds.), Cultuur en ongelijkheid (pp. 148-154). Diemen: AMB.

2014

  • B. Paulle (2014). Giftige scholen. Didaktief, 44 (10), 22-23.
  • B. Paulle (2014). [Review of the book Exceptional violence: embodied citizenship in transnational Jamaica]. Contemporary Sociology, 43(2), 271-273.
  • B. Paulle (2014). [Review of the book Lifelong learning in Europe: national patterns and challenges]. Teachers College Record.

2012

  • B. Paulle (2012). Van Fremdzwang naar Selbstzwang: Over de noodzaak van nieuwe regimes op achterstandsscholen. In G. van Stralen & R. Gude (Eds.), ...En denken! bildung voor leraren (pp. 327-336). Leusden: ISVW.

2010

  • B. Paulle (2010). Naar open categorieen en relationele analyse. Sociologie Magazine, 18 (4), 28.

2008

Keynote / Invited lecture

  • B. Paulle (2013, December 16). Invited lecture on book: Toxic schools: high-poverty education in New York and Amsterdam (B. Paulle). Berlin, Invited lecture at Humboldt University.
  • B. Paulle (2013, September 30). Invited lecture on book: Toxic schools: high-poverty education in New York and Amsterdam (B. Paulle). Madison, At University of Wisconsin.
  • B. Paulle (2013, October 2). Invited lecture on book: Toxic schools: high-poverty education in New York and Amsterdam (B. Paulle). UCLA, Invited lecture at UCLA.
  • B. Paulle (2013, October 4). Invited lecture on book: Toxic schools: high-poverty education in New York and Amsterdam (B. Paulle). Berkeley, Lecture at University of California.
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