The Role of Academic Inbreeding in Building Institutional and Research Habitus: A Case Study from Turkey

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Göktürk Ağın D., Yildirim-Tasti O.

HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY, vol.35, no.1, pp.178-198, 2022 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1057/s41307-020-00201-1
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, EBSCO Education Source, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), PAIS International, Public Affairs Index, Sociological abstracts, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.178-198
  • Keywords: Academic inbreeding, institutional habitus, research habitus, recognition, Turkey, PRODUCTIVITY, FACULTY, DECLINE
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Academic inbreeding in higher education institutions is critical in terms of forming institutional and research habitus. In the meantime, it has a potential of regulating the relations of recognition. This article aims to understand how academic inbreeding practices play a key role in generating dispositions of institutional and research habitus and recognition gaps based on the data collected through semi-structured interviews of the selected faculty members from a higher education institution in Turkey and examination of the annual strategic planning reports of the university and the project office. Content analysis was employed to generate the themes and categories emerged from the qualitative data. Three main themes emerged as institutional habitus, research habitus, and the relations of recognition. The findings revealed that academic inbreeding is an interwoven asset of the institutional habitus, while it is also one of the critical determinants of research habitus and the relations of recognition. The findings of the study expected to contribute to the literature by employing different theoretical lenses. Further research can be conducted in multiple sites to yield more transferable conclusions considering the variables related to institutional, research habitus, and relations of recognition.