Ethnicity, class and aspiration: Understanding London's new East End

Overview

East London has undergone dramatic changes over the last 30 years, primarily as a result of London's large scale de-industrialisation and the rise in its financial sector. Large parts of inner East London remain deprived, but a once overwhelmingly white working class area is now home to a more complex and mobile class and ethnic mix. This topical book focuses on the aspirations of these different groups and the strategies they have pursued about where to live, driven in part by a concern to ensure a good ...

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Overview

East London has undergone dramatic changes over the last 30 years, primarily as a result of London's large scale de-industrialisation and the rise in its financial sector. Large parts of inner East London remain deprived, but a once overwhelmingly white working class area is now home to a more complex and mobile class and ethnic mix. This topical book focuses on the aspirations of these different groups and the strategies they have pursued about where to live, driven in part by a concern to ensure a good education for their children. The book will be essential reading for students and academics in sociology, urban studies, geography and multicultural studies.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

This book provides a valuable and original contribution to the existing literature by containing a wealth of new empirical material on London's changing social composition, especially in relation to education. Paul Watt, Birkbeck College, University of London

Tim Butler and Chris Hamnett have produced a compelling analysis of the importance of aspirations and education in understanding social class and ethnicity in contemporary Britain. This thought-provoking book is a 'must-read' for all those concerned to make better sense of social change in society. Diane Reay, Professor of Education, University of Cambridge

With its focus on the social geography, education and economics of London's East End this book offers a unique and invaluable account of 'the local' within a global city over a 40-year period. Stephen J Ball, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, Institute of Education University of London

Journal of Education Policy

“The book is thought provoking, informative and should generate some much needed debate about the complex issues it raises, amongst social scientists, educationists and hopefully policy-makers too.” 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847426505
  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/2011
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Butler, Department of Geography, King's College London and Chris Hamnett, Department of Geography, King's College London

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Table of Contents

List of tables, figures and illustrations vi

Acknowledgements ix

About the authors xi

List of abbreviations xii

1 Introduction: the social transformation of East London 1

2 Changing economy and social structure of East London 33

3 Changing ethnic and housing market structure of East London 57

4 Moving on, moving out, moving up: aspiration and the minority ethnic suburbanisation of East London 91

5 Social reproduction: issues of aspiration and attainment 117

6 The limits to parental decision making under conditions of constrained choice 147

7 Reputation and working the system 195

8 Concusions: achieving aspiration? 229

References 245

Index 257

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