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ERIC Number: EJ1082570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0962-0214
"Making Do", Understanding the Economic "Possible': Social Positioning, Money and Mother's Economic Habitus in the School Context
O' Donoghue, Mary
International Studies in Sociology of Education, v25 n4 p261-277 2015
This paper is a qualitative consideration of how working-class mothers manage money, daily life, their children's education and, in the process, internalise a particularistic economic position. It is uncommon that educational sociology incorporates a critical engagement of the daily drudge of extending money, and the implications of managing the varied and frequent costs of keeping children at school. I draw on Bourdieu's model of practice and particularly that of the economic habitus. For these mothers, "making do" refers not only to stretching the economic but to mental dispositions that emerge out of negotiating the economic, "not as a universe of possibles … but rather … impassable barriers". The data reveals in wider and narrower cycles how economic conditions are foregrounded in the doing of ordinary life and in lives of heightened economic difficulty planning, or calculating dispositions towards the future are curtailed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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