Class Strategies and the Education Market: The Middle Classes and Social Advantage / Edition 1

Class Strategies and the Education Market: The Middle Classes and Social Advantage / Edition 1

by Stephen J. Ball
     
 

Class Strategies and the Education Market examines the ways in which the middle classes maintain and improve their social advantages in and through education.
Drawing on an extensive series of interviews with parents and children, this book identifies key moments of decision making in the construction of the educational trajectories of middle class

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Overview

Class Strategies and the Education Market examines the ways in which the middle classes maintain and improve their social advantages in and through education.
Drawing on an extensive series of interviews with parents and children, this book identifies key moments of decision making in the construction of the educational trajectories of middle class children. Stephen J. Ball organises his analysis around the key concepts of social closure, social capital, values and principles and risk, while bringing a broad range of up-to-date sociological theory to bear upon his subject. From this thorough analysis, valuable and thought-provoking insights emerge into the assiduous care and considerable effort and expenditure which goes into ensuring the educational success of the middle class child
The middle classes are a sociological enigma, presenting the social researcher with considerable analytic and theoretical difficulties. Class Strategies and the Education Market provides a set of working tools for class analysis and the examination of class practices. Above all, it offers new ways of thinking about class theory and the relationships between classes in late modern society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415272766
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/07/2003
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
1Introduction: between structure and hermeneutics1
2Class and strategy14
3Class and policy25
4Social class as social closure: a strategic approach53
5Social capital, social class and choice79
6Values and principles: social justice in the head111
7Risk, uncertainty and fear148
8Class practices and inequality167
App. I181
App. II188
Notes189
Bibliography194
Index211

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