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ERIC Number: EJ1096880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
Parentocracy Revisited: Still a Relevant Concept for Understanding Middle Class Educational Advantage?
Barrett DeWiele, Corinne E.; Edgerton, Jason D.
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v47 n2 p189-210 May 2016
In this paper, we revisit Brown's ("Br J Soc Educ" 14: 65-85, 1990) concept of "parentocracy" which has been informatively applied in educational research in a number of studies in various countries internationally--but almost none in North America. We provide an expanded conceptualization of parentocracy and suggest that it provides a useful encapsulation of a number of similar, and/or complementary, conceptual approaches to understanding middle class educational advantage. Our expanded conceptualization of parentocracy stems from Brown's ("Br J Soc Educ" 14: 65-85, 1990) original use, but encompasses both a socio-political ideology that favors parental sovereignty and market solutions in education, as well as a proactive interventionist parenting style premised on fostering child development (and strategically optimizing life opportunities) through structured, progressive skill-enhancing educational and extra-curricular experiences. We offer a discussion of a number of studies that can be seen to exemplify, either expressly or implicitly, these parentocratic tendencies. Finally, using the examples of "Schools of Choice" policy and French immersion schools in the Canadian province of Manitoba, we explore the implications of parentocratic practices for educational inequality and "social reproduction" in the 2010s.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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