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Crozier, Gill; Reay, Diane; Clayton, John – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2019
Through the case-study experiences of 24 White and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) working-class students from three very different universities, we aim to illuminate the often hidden struggle for recognition and respect for classed, 'raced' and gendered ways of being in the university. We discuss how the students perceive their identities…
Descriptors: Working Class, Undergraduate Students, Higher Education, Foreign Countries
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Reay, Diane – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2013
This paper problematizes dominant discourses of social mobility. It begins by discussing social mobility from a philosophical perspective before examining current policies on social mobility in the United Kingdom, drawing on data from both recent mobility studies and the contemporary labour market. I then broaden out the discussion by exploring…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Social Mobility, Working Class, Educational Attainment
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Crozier, Gill; Reay, Diane; James, David; Jamieson, Fiona; Beedell, Phoebe; Hollingworth, Sumi; Williams, Katya – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2008
At a time when the public sector and state education (in the United Kingdom) is under threat from the encroaching marketisation policy and private finance initiatives, our research reveals white middle-class parents who in spite of having the financial opportunity to turn their backs on the state system are choosing to assert their commitment to…
Descriptors: Middle Class, School Choice, Ethics, Whites
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Reay, Diane – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2004
The concept of habitus lies at the heart of Bourdieu's theoretical framework. It is a complex concept that takes many shapes and forms in Bourdieu's own writing, even more so in the wider sociological work of other academics. In the first part of this paper I develop an understanding of habitus, based on Bourdieu's many writings on the concept,…
Descriptors: Research Tools, Educational Research, Research Methodology, Concept Formation
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Reay, Diane – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1998
Highlights the centrality of women to social reproduction through a focus on the sociocultural processes of parental involvement. Argues that, although most mothers help children with school work, only middle-class mothers have resources to shape effectively the curriculum offered. Concludes that the market system of education favors the middle…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Middle Class
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Reay, Diane; Mirza, Heidi Safia – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1997
Adopts a genealogical approach to a small-scale study of Black supplementary schools, extra schooling organized by the African-Caribbean community in the United Kingdom. Finds evidence of a new female-centered social movement in the organization of the schools and of the effectiveness of parental involvement among the Black working class. (DSK)
Descriptors: Black Community, Black Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Females