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Schooling and Social Identity

Learning to Act your Age in Contemporary Britain

Authors: Alexander, Patrick

  • Explores age as an aspect of social identity within the context of formal education
  • Questions why age remains such a crucial aspect of self-making in contemporary society
  • Examines the self-making of both pupils and teachers in a secondary school in England
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About this book

This book examines the nature of age as an aspect of social identity and its relationship to experiences of formal education. Providing a new and critical approach to debates about age and social identity, the author explores why age remains such an important aspect of self-making in contemporary society. Through an ethnographic account of a secondary school in the south-east of England, the author poses three principal questions. Why are schools in English organised according to age? How do pupils and teachers learn to ‘act their age’ while at school? Ultimately, why does age remain such an important and complex organising concept for modern society? Cutting across lines of class and gender, this timely book will be of interest to students and scholars of self-making and identity in educational contexts, and others interested in how schooling socialises young people into categories of age as the foundational building blocks of modern society. 

About the authors

Patrick Alexander is Reader in Education and Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University, UK.  He is also Director of the Oxford Brookes Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development.

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eBook 89,99 €
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Hardcover 119,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Schooling and Social Identity
Book Subtitle
Learning to Act your Age in Contemporary Britain
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38831-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-38831-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38830-8
Edition Number
1
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