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ERIC Number: EJ946936
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0962-0214
Making It Work for Their Children: White Middle-Class Parents and Working-Class Schools
Crozier, Gill; Reay, Diane; James, David
International Studies in Sociology of Education, v21 n3 p199-216 2011
The white middle-class parents who chose to send their children to urban comprehensives largely rejected engaging in the usual competitiveness for educational success. Nevertheless the parents in our study still found themselves wittingly or otherwise captured by that same discourse. Their children are high achievers and are regarded as a valuable resource for their comprehensive schools generating high volume capital. However, in spite of this, the parents do not leave such success to chance. Drawing on an ESRC-funded research project (Educational Choices and the White Urban Middle-Classes RES-148-25-0023) we analyse how middle-class parental involvement is part of the age old process of social reproduction and the transmission of parents' middle-class privilege to their children, almost regardless of their intentions. Not only are the parents interventionist in their children's schooling, they draw on and dispose their own privileged capitals to prepare and position their children for educational success. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom