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ERIC Number: EJ1051871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
What Do Families of the "Professional and Managerial" Class Educate Their Children For? The Links between Happiness and Autonomy
Collet-Sabé, Jordi; Tort, Antoni
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v36 n2 p234-249 2015
Based on a qualitative study involving 124 professional and managerial class families in Catalonia (Spain), this paper describes the aims and objectives these families have for the education of their children. During the fieldwork, when asked what they were aiming for in the education of their children, almost all of the parents replied "for them to be happy". But what kind of happiness are they talking about? What kind of education might lead to happiness? Drawing principally on the work of Kellerhals and Montandon and their "contractual model of education" and Bauman's concepts of "secondary security" and "homo eligens", although also taking into account the related contributions of Lareau, Vincent and Ball, Stefansen and Aarseth, and Kusserow, the paper aims to demonstrate the strong connection these families make between happiness and "absolute" autonomy, understood as two sides of the same coin and seen, by the participants, as the guiding principle that should shape the way they bring their children up.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain
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