Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes

Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes

by Diane Reay

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In this book Diane Reay, herself working class turned Cambridge professor, brings Brian Jackson and Dennis Marsden’s pioneering Education and the Working Class from 1962 up to date for the 21st century. Drawing on over 500 interviews, the book, part of the 21st Century Standpoints series published in association with the British Sociological Association, includes rich, vivid stories from working class children and young people. It looks at class identity, the inadequate sticking plaster of social mobility, and the effects of wider economic and social class relationships on working class educational experiences. The book addresses the urgent question of why the working classes are still faring so much worse than the upper and middle classes in education. It reveals how we have ended up with an educational system that still educates the different social classes in fundamentally different ways, and vitally – what we can do to achieve a fairer system.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447330660
Publisher: Policy Press
Publication date: 10/11/2017
Series: 21st Century Standpoints
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Diane Reay grew up in a working-class coal-mining community before becoming an inner-city primary school teacher for 20 years. She is now Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge and visiting Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, with particular interests in social justice issues in education, and cultural analyses of social class, race and gender. She has researched extensively in the areas of social class, gender and ethnicity across primary, secondary and post-compulsory stages of education.

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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