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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: 3/7/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: between structure and hermeneutics 1
2 Class and strategy 14
3 Class and policy 25
4 Social class as social closure: a strategic approach 53
5 Social capital, social class and choice 79
6 Values and principles: social justice in the head 111
7 Risk, uncertainty and fear 148
8 Class practices and inequality 167
App. I 181
App. II 188
Notes 189
Bibliography 194
Index 211
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