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The bubble of privilege: Young, privately educated women talk about social class

Maxwell, Claire and Peter, Aggleton and Aggleton, Peter (2010) The bubble of privilege: Young, privately educated women talk about social class. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 31 (1). pp. 3-15. ISSN 0142-5692

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Additional Information: This paper is original in adding to the small, but growing, mainly UK, literature on the relevance of different fractions of the ‘middle class’ to education (Bernstein, 1975; Ball et al., 2004). While most previous studies report on adult or parents' narratives, this study is innovative in bringing to the fore the voices of young people, and in particular a relatively neglected group of respondents: privileged young women in private schooling. Thematic and narrative analyses were conducted on data from focus group discussions and individual interviews. The significance of the findings lies in identification of the ways in which the young women differentiated themselves from their peers within the school – who were mainly other middle class students. The fractions and points of difference identified focused on the type of schools previously attended (private or state), how much money families had, whether parents had had to work for this wealth, and moral values. The unique contribution of the findings has already generated debate and praise from scholars in Scandinavian countries who consider them relevant outside the UK and identify the dearth of literature currently available.
Controlled Keywords: Young people, Sociology
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Thomas Coram Research Unit
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 14 May 2010 14:59
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:09
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/4594

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