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ERIC Number: EJ865785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1367-6261
Constructions of the Working-Class "Other" among Urban, White, Middle-Class Youth: "Chavs", Subculture and the Valuing of Education
Hollingworth, Sumi; Williams, Katya
Journal of Youth Studies, v12 n5 p467-482 Oct 2009
In the context of a "death" of class in popular and policy discourse, this paper argues that social class is still a major force at work in young people's lives, particularly in the context of schooling. We argue that young people's subcultural groups are classed, in the way in which they are constructed in discourse. Drawing on a data set of 68 interviews with white, middle-class young people in three different cities in England, we argue that class can be seen and felt in young people's constructions of the "chav", where white, working-class young people's ways of being and doing in the context of schooling, stand in stark contrast to the normative middle-class subject, and become pathologized. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)