Within school and beyond the gate:The complexities of being educationally successful and working class
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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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.
|Uncontrolled Keywords||poverty, work and justice,childhood and youth|
|Departments||Research Centres & Institutes > Institute for Policy Research|
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
|Research Centres||Centre for Analysis of Social Policy (CASP)|
|Publisher Statement||Within_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|
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