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Dakka, Fadia – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
This article explores the powerful yet contradictory role of neoliberalism, its competitive mechanisms and emotional logics. Theoretically, it reviews the shifting state-higher education-market nexus through the lens of a critical cultural political economy paradigm. Conceptually, it closely examines Davies' work on the 'logic of competition'…
Descriptors: Role, Neoliberalism, Competition, Knowledge Economy
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O'Shea, Sarah – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
This article explores how one cohort of first-in-family students narrated their movement into and through university, proposed as a form of boundary crossing. These metaphors emerged from the stories that students told about their persistence, with references ranging from institutional or organisational boundaries through to those imposed by self…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Barriers, College Attendance, Academic Persistence
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Antony-Newman, Max – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
This study focuses on the parental involvement among Eastern European immigrant parents of elementary school students in Canada. Interviewed parents (N + 19) were educated in several Eastern European countries and had children attending elementary schools in the province of Ontario at the time of the study. The analysis was informed by the…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Immigrants, Cultural Capital, Foreign Countries
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Nylund, Mattias; Ledman, Kristina; Rosvall, Per-Åke; Rönnlund, Maria – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
Previous studies of citizenship preparation in upper secondary school, including studies on vocational programmes, have primarily focused on general subjects. Potential and actual roles of vocational subjects in this context have received little attention, so we have little knowledge of what is likely a significant part of the citizenship…
Descriptors: Socialization, Citizenship Education, Vocational Education, Secondary School Students
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Jin, Jin; Ball, Stephen J. – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
Meritocracy is used by governments in many societies as an 'effective' way to represent social justice and legitimise -- explain away -- class inequality. By focusing on a small number of working-class students who achieve academic 'success' and have reached elite universities in an ideal meritocratic environment -- Chinese schooling -- this paper…
Descriptors: Social Mobility, Working Class, Selective Admission, Foreign Countries
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Ruutiainen, Ville; Alasuutari, Maarit; Karila, Kirsti – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
In Finland, early childhood education and care (ECEC) is traditionally publicly provided. However, private ECEC provision has increased during the past decade, largely as a result of financial support from the public sector. Drawing on qualitative interviews with municipal decision-makers, this article identifies three frames within which publicly…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Support, Private Education, Early Childhood Education
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Gupta, Achala – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
The heterogeneity of the contemporary Indian middle-class has been discussed widely. However, the effect of its internal differences on the distribution of educational resources needs to be examined systematically. Drawing upon in-depth interviews with parents in 53 middle-class families in Dehradun, India, this paper explores three aspects of the…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Advantaged, Foreign Countries, Family School Relationship
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Yemini, Miri; Maxwell, Claire – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
Travel has become ubiquitous for most social groups as holidaying abroad has become ever cheaper and ecumene. This paper considers how travel can be understood as part of family practices around children's educations and futures. Drawing on Kaufmann's concept of motility, we examine how spatial mobility might become a form of cultural capital to…
Descriptors: Travel, Foreign Countries, Cultural Capital, Social Mobility
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Milne, Emily; Wotherspoon, Terry – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
Education research demonstrates that positive and trusting family/school relationships support academic achievement but for many Indigenous parents in Canada legacies of residential schooling have made it difficult to develop strong bonds with schools and teachers. Drawing on interviews with 69 Indigenous parents and eight non-Indigenous parents…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Parents, Canada Natives, Family School Relationship
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Smith, Cathy – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
This paper examines how young people account for choosing mathematical subjects, and how these processes sustain, or not, their continued participation. It draws on a 2-year qualitative study of 24 young people's accounts of following advanced mathematical pathways within a widening participation programme. Working within a post-structural…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Time, Social Influences, Age Differences
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Godec, Spela – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
Research has highlighted that engagement with science is highly gendered and that the masculinised culture of science makes it difficult for many girls/women to engage. Meanwhile, a growing body of research has explored the potential of out-of-school spaces to provide more equitable engagement opportunities. In this paper, I examine engagement…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Science Activities, Working Class, Gender Issues
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Shain, Farzana – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
Farzana Shain reviews two books: (1) Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness across the Disciplines, edited by Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, Luke Charles Harris, Daniel Martinez HoSang and George Lipsitz, 2019; and Education and Race: From Empire to Brexit, by Sally Tomlinson, 2019, Bristol, Policy. Shain begins this review by saying that we…
Descriptors: Foreign Policy, Race, Racial Bias, Public Policy
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Papatsiba, Vassiliki; Cohen, Eliel – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
Globally, performance-based research funding aims to support the most deserving academic institutions and researchers. However, overcoming entrenched assumptions about quality is a persistent challenge for higher education research policies worldwide; traditionally powerful institutions tend to maintain dominance. Research impact as a performance…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Financial Support, Research, Higher Education
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Mikus, Karoline; Tieben, Nicole; Schober, Pia S. – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
A prominent explanation of intergenerational educational inequality is Bourdieu's cultural reproduction theory. Indeed, previous studies have frequently shown that children's cultural capital relates to academic outcomes. However, it remains unclear how children convert their cultural capital into achievement. While Bourdieu argued that cultural…
Descriptors: Cultural Capital, Cultural Background, Equal Education, Outcomes of Education
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Valiente, Oscar; Lowden, Kevin; Capsada-Munsech, Queralt – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
This article shows how the Scottish Government's (SG) political management of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) has reinforced the economic goals of lifelong learning (LLL) under the skills for work agenda. Youth unemployment has been prioritized as the main social problem to be addressed, and most of the limited public resources for LLL have been…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, At Risk Persons, Young Adults, Economic Climate
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