Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes

Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes

by Diane Reay

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Building upon Brian Jackson and Dennis Marsden’s classic text Education and the Working Class, a complex study of the working-class experience of social mobility, this book weaves together a number of interconnected strands of thought on education and social justice. Diane Reay’s analysis spans both the details of individual lives and broader questions of how and why the working classes fare so much worse in education than the middle and upper classes. Through more than five hundred vivid accounts of the emotional life of class—including interviews with Steve McQueen, Mickey Flanagan, Alan Bennett, and Melvyn Bragg—as well as Reay’s own reflections on life as a coal miner’s daughter turned Cambridge professor and authority on the intersection of education and social mobility, this book examines both the costs and benefits of education success by directly comparing working and middle class experiences. Highlighting the truly multifaceted nature of today’s working classes, and including the voices of those who have achieved class mobility as well as those left behind, Reay shines a revealing light on social mobility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447330653
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Publication date: 11/11/2017
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Diane Reay grew up in a working class, coal-mining community before becoming an inner city primary school teacher for twenty years. She is now professor of education at the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

About the author viii

Acknowledgements ix

List of figures and tables x

List of abbreviations xi

Introduction: a personal reflection 1

1 Why can't education compensate for society? 11

2 The history of class in education 29

3 Working-class educational experiences 57

4 Class in the classroom 75

5 Social mobility: a problematic solution 101

6 The middle and upper classes: getting the 'best' for your own child 131

7 Class feeling: troubling the soul and preying on the psyche 155

8 Conclusion 175

Epilogue: thinking through class 197

Notes 201

References 211

Index 231

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