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Childcare, choice and social class: Caring for young children in the UK

Vincent, Carol and Braun, Annette and Ball, Stephen (2008) Childcare, choice and social class: Caring for young children in the UK. Critical Social Policy, 28 (1). pp. 5-26. ISSN 0261-0183. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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This paper draws on the results of two qualitative research projects examining parental engagements with the childcare market in the UK. Both projects are located in the same two London localities. One project focuses on professional middle class parents, and the other on working class families, and we discuss the key importance of social class in shaping parents' differential engagement with the childcare market, and their understandings of the role childcare plays in their children's lives. We identify and discuss the different "circuits" of care (Ball et al 1995) available to and used by families living physically close to each other, but in social class terms living in different worlds. We also consider parents' relationships with carers, and their social networks. We conclude that in order to fully understand childcare policies and practices and families' experiences of care, an analysis which encompasses social class and the workings of the childcare market is needed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2008 by Critical Social Policy Ltd
Controlled Keywords: Class , Parenting
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Education Foundations and Policy Studies
IOE Departments > Departments > Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2010 12:09
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:34
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