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ERIC Number: EJ1102690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1837-6290
"I'm Like You Not": Intergenerational Mobility of Working Class Students from a Cultural-Evolutionary Perspective
Lovett, Trevor
Issues in Educational Research, v26 n2 p280-297 2016
This retrospective narrative investigation challenges aspects of structural determinism. The biographical data generated in the study revealed that the baby-boomer, male participants were not academically constrained by their working class identities. Interpersonal relationships experienced within an individual's unique communities of practice (Lave & Wenger, 1991) had greater influence on the participants' academic achievement than the implied common socialising effects of a working class habitus. The study emphasises the agency of the individual because the educational outcomes of the participants, rather than being dependent on the inferred lack of cultural proficiencies normally associated with the working class, were influenced to a much greater extent by one's attitude. The investigation offers both structuralist and evolutionary points of view in relation to understanding the social mobility of the working class males who participated in the study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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