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Education and Working-Class Youth

Reshaping the Politics of Inclusion

Editors: Simmons, Robin, Smyth, John (Eds.)

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  • Emphasises the inherent relationship between education and equality
  • Addresses the contemporary situation and difficulties faced both by the UK and countries further afield
  • Suggests how opportunities can be developed for working-class young people to ensure they have the greatest possible chance for their lives ahead
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About this book

This book provides an inclusive and incisive analysis of the experiences of working-class young people in education. While there is an established literature on education and the working class stretching back decades, comparatively there has been something of a neglect of class-based inequality – with questions of gender, ‘race’ and other forms of identity attracting significant attention. However, events including Britain's 2016 decision to leave the European Union, have thrown social class into sharp focus, both in the UK and elsewhere. Featuring leading thinkers in the sociology of education, this book examines the different ways in which young people relate to various parts of the education system, including different forms of schooling, post-compulsory and university education. They maintain that the issue of social class goes beyond the walls of specific institutions to affect young people in a variety of ways: not only in the UK, but across the globe. This book will be of great value and interest to students and scholars of the sociology of education, working-class youth, and equality of opportunity.

About the authors

Robin Simmons is Professor of Education at the University of Huddersfield, UK. His research interests include the sociology of education, educational policy, and education and social justice.
John Smyth is Visiting Professor of Education and Social Justice at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He is also Professor Emeritus at Flinders University, Australia and Federation University, Australia.

Reviews

Education and working-class youth: Reshaping the educational furnace is a timely and significant edited collection. It addresses one of the most persistent and protracted problems facing education today, that is, the cultural processes of advantaging and disadvantaging of different classes of students. From a range of perspectives, the contributing authors confront the ways in which schools have failed some of the most vulnerable and marginalised young people in society through a range of unfriendly and demeaning experiences. However, at the same time the book captures a sense of hope and optimism of what schooling might be. This involves a rejection of deficit thinking about young people and their backgrounds, a sophisticated analysis of class and a rethinking of the ‘culture,’ ‘pedagogy’ and ‘structure’ of schooling. This book is essential reading for policymakers, educators and community activists concerned with democracy and social justice.” (Barry Down, City of Rockingham Chair in Education, Murdoch University, Australia)

“This book brings together leading experts in the field of education to tackle one of the most pressing political issues of our time. Insightful and careful the book will be a must read for anyone interested in class inequality and its continued importance for young working class people and their life chances.” (Tracy Shildrick, Head of Sociology, Newcastle University, UK)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Where Is Class in the Analysis of Working-Class Education?

    Pages 1-28

    Smyth, John (et al.)

  • Revisiting the ‘Zombie Stalking English Schools’: The Continuing Failure to Embrace Social Class in Working-Class Education

    Pages 29-53

    Reay, Diane

  • Counternarratives to Neoliberal Aspirations: White Working-Class Boys’ Practices of Value-Constitution in Formal Education

    Pages 55-77

    Stahl, Garth

  • Performance, Choice and Social Class: Theorising Inequalities in Educational Opportunity

    Pages 79-103

    Thompson, Ron

  • “A Chance to Talk Like This”: Gender, Education, and Social Haunting in a UK Coalfield

    Pages 105-129

    Bright, N. Geoffrey

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eBook 91,62 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-90671-3
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 117,69 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90670-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 117,69 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-08070-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Education and Working-Class Youth
Book Subtitle
Reshaping the Politics of Inclusion
Editors
  • Robin Simmons
  • John Smyth
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90671-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90671-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90670-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08070-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 265
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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