Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education

Working-Class Boys and Educational Success

Teenage Identities, Masculinities and Urban Schooling

Authors: Ingram, Nicola

  • Offers an in-depth analysis of the experiences of twenty boys from a working-class area of Belfast who attend two different local schools
  • Highlights the difficulties these young men face in reconciling various aspects of their identity
  • Develops a theoretical framework that builds upon the theories of Pierre Bourdieu
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About this book

This book examines the complex relationship between working-class masculinities and educational success. Drawing on a small sample of young men attending either a selective grammar or a secondary school in the same urban area of Belfast, the author demonstrates that contrary to popular belief, some working-class boys are engaged with education, are motivated to succeed and have high aspirations. However, the structures of schooling in a society where working class-ness is seen as feckless, tasteless and cultureless make the processes of becoming successful more challenging than they need to be. This volume reveals the unique processes of reconciling success and identities for individual working-class boys, and the important role schools have to play in this negotiation. Highly relevant to those engaged in teacher training in socially unequal societies, this book will also appeal to practitioners, sociologists of education, scholars of social justice and Bourdieusian theorists.

About the authors

Nicola Ingram is Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Justice at Lancaster University, UK. She is a co-author of Higher Education, Social Mobility and Social Class: the Degree Generation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and co-editor of Bourdieu: the Next Generation. She has published widely on class and gendered inequalities.

Reviews

“In Working class boys and educational success, Nicola Ingram vividly brings to life the struggles and conflicts faced by white working class boys as they strive for educational success in an educational system stacked against young people like them. Combining compelling ethnographic portraits with a powerful and innovative adaptation of Bourdieu's concept of habitus, she weaves a convincing and sophisticated narrative of class inequalities in 21st century Britain.” (Diane Reay, University of Cambridge, UK)

“Ingram vividly shows the complexities and tensions that play out in multiple ways for a group of white working-class teenage boys in Northern Ireland crossing different cultural boundaries. What is so profound about this book is the way Ingram interweaves the pressures on these young men to be educationally successful, but to also remain a part of one’s own community and maintain a working-class culture, which is so often seen as deficient by others. Nicola Ingram’s book is an important, fresh contribution to the long history of sociological studies on white-working class boys.” (Michael R.M. Ward, Swansea University, UK)

“Nicola Ingram vividly brings to life the struggles and conflicts faced by white working class boys as they strive for educational success in an educational system stacked against young people like them. Combining compelling ethnographic portraits with a powerful and innovative adaptation of Bourdieu's concept of habitus, she weaves a convincing and sophisticated narrative of class inequalities in 21st century Britain.” (Diane Reay, University of Cambridge, UK)

“In this rich and poignant book, Ingram pushes forward Bourdieusian theory to unpick the complexities of how working-class young men reconcile their educational success and identity across conflicting fields of home and school. Conceptually and methodologically innovative, this work will particularly appeal to sociologists of education and anyone concerned with social justice in schools.” (Louise Archer, UCL, UK)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Class Feeling

    Ingram, Nicola

    Pages 1-14

  • Success, Class, and Masculinities

    Ingram, Nicola

    Pages 15-45

  • Negotiating with Bourdieu

    Ingram, Nicola

    Pages 47-80

  • Researching with Working-Class Teenage Boys: A Working-Class Feminist Approach

    Ingram, Nicola

    Pages 81-98

  • Systemic Social Segregation

    Ingram, Nicola

    Pages 99-134

Buy this book

eBook $74.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-40159-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: May 16, 2018
  • ISBN 978-1-137-40158-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Working-Class Boys and Educational Success
Book Subtitle
Teenage Identities, Masculinities and Urban Schooling
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-40159-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-40159-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-40158-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 244
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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