ERIC Number: EJ1089503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Middle-Class Mothers on Urban School Selection in Gentrifying Areas
Roberts, Amy; Lakes, Richard D.
Education and Urban Society, v48 n3 p203-220 Mar 2016
This study examined middle-class mothers' engagement in urban school selection as residents of two gentrifying neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia. Gentrifiers levy social capital when activating or exercising agency and create social networks that valorize child-rearing concerns through exchange of information. Thirty mothers with children under the age of 5 in the initial stages of school selection participated in the study. Empirical data were collected about their social networks using an open-ended interviewing technique. A four-part typology of parent-gentrifiers was created to identify levels of agency operating within networks. While the mothers expressed an equity agenda honoring educational diversity, actual school-selection outcomes belied their liberal intentions.
Descriptors: Middle Class, Mothers, Urban Schools, School Choice, Social Capital, Child Rearing, Information Dissemination, Social Networks, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Interviews, Classification, Equal Education, Urban Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Community Change, Ideology, Social Influences, Political Attitudes, Whites, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia