Degrees of Choice: Class, Race, Gender and Higher Education

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Trentham Books, 2005 - 180 pages
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"Degrees of Choice" provides a sophisticated account of the overlapping effects of social class, ethnicity and gender in the process of choosing which university to attend. The shift from an elite to a mass system has been accompanied by much political rhetoric about widening access, achievement-for-all and meritocratic equalisation.

Drawing on an award-winning British Economic and Social Research Council funded study,this book gives a full and different picture, drawing on qualitative and quantitative data to show how the welcome expansion of higher education has also deepened social stratification, generating new and different inequalities. While gender inequalities have reduced, those of social class remain and are now reinforced by racial inequalities in access. Employing perspectives from the sociology of education and particularly Bordieu's work on distinction and judgement, the book links school (institutional habitus) and family (class habitus) with individual choice making in a socially informed dynamic.

The contradictions and tensions arising from attempts to expand student numbers rapidly are vividly brought alive through the narratives of prospective applications to higher education. Students are seen to confront vastly different degrees of choice that are powerfully shaped by their social class and race.
 

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Table des matières

Chapter 3
35
Chapter 4
61
Working class students
83
Chapter 6
109

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À propos de l'auteur (2005)

Dr Diane Reay is Professor of Education at London Metropolitan University Dr Miriam E. David is Professor of Policy Studies in the Department of Education at Keele University and author of Personal and Political (Trentham 2003) Dr Stephen Ball is Karl Mannheim Professor at the London Institute of Education

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