Educational Failure and Working Class White Children in Britain

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Are schools failing working class children or does working class life present alternative means for gaining social status that conflict with what it means to do well at school? Focusing on Southeast London, this book provides insight into class values and reveals the complex cultural politics of white working class pride.

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Overview

Are schools failing working class children or does working class life present alternative means for gaining social status that conflict with what it means to do well at school? Focusing on Southeast London, this book provides insight into class values and reveals the complex cultural politics of white working class pride.

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Editorial Reviews

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'I was educated by this' - Dame Marilyn Strathern, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

'A wonderfully enlightening and entertaining book. An anthropologist delivers an insider's account of life in inner London, and makes sense of the educational failure of working class white boys' - Adam Kuper, Professor of Social Anthropology, Brunel University

'A brilliant and highly entertaining study of a neglected subject' - Andrew Gimson, Daily Telegraph

'A compelling, often uncomfortable journey of self-discovery, as well as a fascinating insight into class and education in Britain. Educational Failure…stands out for its honesty, its bravery and its originality' - Patrick Butler, Editor, Society Guardian

'This book should be read by teachers, parents, academics and policy makers, and by Bermondsey people. If they do, this book can be a catalyst for change' - Michael Holland, ex-Bermondsey playwright and film maker

'Gillian Evans provides some new, useful and challenging insights in her book.' - Bill Greenshields, The Teacher
 
"The manner in which Evans illuminates the inextricable relationship between social class and educational failure, but above all the way that she strengthens our understanding of what is meaningful to a working-class white person, cannot be underestimated." —Peggy Froerer, Brunel University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230553033
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

GILLIAN EVANS is an associate of the Centre for Child Focused Anthropological Research at Brunel University, London, UK. She is currently a temporary lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester and has recently been awarded a five-year RCUK fellowship to be held in the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) at the University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
• Acknowledgements
• Introduction: Social Class and Education
• PART 1: COMMON KNOWLEDGE
• Sharon: Common-as-Shit
• Common Women: Working Class Values
• Trouble on the Estates
• PART 2: CLASSROOM VERSUS STREET CULTURE
• Tom at Tenter Ground
• The Classroom and School
• Who Rules the School?
• PART 3: CREATING AND TRANSFORMING VALUE
• Pokemon and Peers
• Place and Prestige
• Notes from an Armed Robber - Gone Straight
• Notes
• References
• Index

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