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The social geography of childcare: 'making up' the middle class child

Vincent, Carol and Ball, Stephen and Kemp, Sophie (2004) The social geography of childcare: 'making up' the middle class child. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 25 (2). pp. 229-244. ISSN 0142-5692

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Abstract

Childcare is a condensate of disparate social forces and social processes. It is gendered and classed. It is subject to an excess of policy and political discourse. It is increasingly a focus for commercial exploitation. This is a paper reporting on work in progress in an ESRC funded research project (R000239232) on the choice and provision of pre-school childcare by middle class (service class) families in two contrasting London locations. Drawing on recent work in class analysis the paper examines the relationships between childcare choice, middle class fractions and locality. It suggests that on the evidence of the findings to date, there is some evidence of systematic differences between fractions in terms of values, perspectives and preferences for childcare, but a more powerful case for intra-class similarities, particularly when it comes to putting preferences into practice in the 'making up of a middle class child' through care and education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Vincent, Carol and Ball, Stephen and Kemp, Sophie (2004) The social geography of childcare: 'making up' the middle class child. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 25 (2). pp. 229-244. British Journal of Sociology of Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/0142569042000205091
Controlled Keywords: Parenting , Sociology
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Education Foundations and Policy Studies
IOE Departments > Departments > Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010 17:20
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:30
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/2321

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