This book critically explores the role of state schooling in the reproduction of social class inequalities in the United Kingdom....
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This book critically explores the role of state schooling in the reproduction of social class inequalities in the United Kingdom. By uniquely combining critical ethnographic methods with participatory and visual research, it foregrounds the experiences and recollections of working-class adults in relation to their past schooling.
Drawing upon her own lived experiences, Jones theorises the experiences of her participants using an analysis of Marxist, Bordieuan, and Freirean frameworks to uncover relations of power and illustrate how schooling has reduced individual agency and sustained lived inequalities. By creating space for a Visual Intervention within Critical Ethnography (VICE) alongside her analysis of class and society, Jones successfully illuminates that working class struggles are not permanent, and that agency can be activated. The book also addresses an important need by centering research from the lived educational experiences of the working-class, and in particular, working-class adults. Making a unique theoretical and methodological contribution using an innovative combined methodology approach, the text ultimately highlights the potential of empowering disadvantaged individuals by raising critical consciousness.
Though it is focused on the experiences of adults, this book has important understandings for all sectors of education and will be of interest to academics, researchers, and students interested in the sociology of education, research methods in education, social inequality, social class, and education politics.
Sharon Jones completed her PhD in the Sociology of Education at Anglia Ruskin University, UK.
State Schooling and the Reproduction of Social Inequalities
Contesting Lived Inequalities through Participatory Methods