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Within school and beyond the gate : The complexities of being educationally successful and working class


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Ingram, N., 2011. Within school and beyond the gate : The complexities of being educationally successful and working class. Sociology-the Journal of the British Sociological Association, 45 (2), pp. 287-302.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038510394017

    Abstract

    Much educational research on working-class boys has focused on their failure and lack of aspiration. However, there has been little research on working-class boys’ experiences of success. The very idea of being educationally successful and working class is problematic, as success has been argued to be dependent on the abandonment of aspects of working-class background. This article highlights the difficulties that some working-class grammar school boys face in reconciling their identity with educational success. For these boys the issue of identity is complex and there is a conflict between their identity, based on their class background, and their identity as an aspiring student. Using Bourdieu’s theory of habitus, this article explores the complexities associated with identities that are developing in social fields different from those in which they originated, and discusses how this impacts emotionally on working-class boys.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsIngram, N.
    DOI10.1177/0038038510394017
    Uncontrolled Keywordspoverty, work and justice, childhood and youth
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Research CentresInstitute for Policy Research
    Centre for Analysis of Social Policy (CASP)
    Publisher StatementWithin_School_Beyond_NA_1_.pdf: The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Sociology-the Journal of the British Sociological Association, 45(2), 287-302 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. ©Nicola Ingram http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038510394017
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code31628

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