Miseducation

Inequality, Education and the Working Classes

Diane Reay

Miseducation

Diane Reay

Distributed for Bristol University Press

208 pages | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $32.95 ISBN: 9781447330653 Published January 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Building upon Brian Jackson and Dennis Marsden’s classic text Education and the Working Class, a complex study of the working-class experience of social mobility, this book weaves together a number of interconnected strands of thought on education and social justice. Diane Reay’s analysis spans both the details of individual lives and broader questions of how and why the working classes fare so much worse in education than the middle and upper classes. Through more than five hundred vivid accounts of the emotional life of class—including interviews with Steve McQueen, Mickey Flanagan, Alan Bennett, and Melvyn Bragg—as well as Reay’s own reflections on life as a coal miner’s daughter turned Cambridge professor and authority on the intersection of education and social mobility, this book examines both the costs and benefits of education success by directly comparing working and middle class experiences. Highlighting the truly multifaceted nature of today’s working classes, and including the voices of those who have achieved class mobility as well as those left behind, Reay shines a revealing light on social mobility.
Contents
About the author
Acknowledgements
List of figures and tables
List of abbreviations
 
Introduction: a personal reflection
One Why can’t education compensate for society?
Two The history of class in education
Three Working-class education experiences
Four Class in the classroom
Five Social mobility: a problematic solution
Six The middle and upper classes: getting the ‘best’ for your own child
Seven Class feeling: troubling the soul and preying on the psyche
Eight Conclusion
Epilogue: thinking through class
 
Notes
References
Index
 
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