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Class Strategies and the Education Market: The Middle Classes and Social Advantage
Modern state education was essentially formed around the needs and interests of the middle class. The middle classes are currently very much at the centre of all politicians' electoral concerns. Nevertheless sociological and educational research has tended to neglect the middle class. Class Strategies and the Education Market examines the ways in which the middle classes ...more
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published March 7th 2003 by Routledge/Falmer
(first published December 19th 2002)
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Ball starts this book by saying that there are essentially three ways to look at ‘class’. Class theory, class analysis and class practices. Class theory seeks to come up with an all-encompassing theory that will ‘explain’ classes, make them necessary on the basis of a system of ideas. Class analysis isn’t terribly different to this, it seeks to see where people ought to fit within a schema (to be honest, I can’t see a whole lot of difference between these two – I can’t see how you can slot ...more