ERIC Number: EJ721712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Middle-Class Struggle? Identity-Work and Leisure among Sixth Formers in the United Kingdom
Kehily, Mary Jane; Pattman, Rob
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v27 n1 p37-52 Feb 2006
This paper explores the ways in which sixth-form students in Milton Keynes negotiate their identities and the symbolic significance they attach to leisure activities in the process of doing this. The paper draws upon qualitative, young-person-centred interviews with sixth formers in state and private schools. It addresses the investments of sixth formers in constructing themselves as autonomous individuals and argue that they do so from a position of middle-class subjects-in-the-making. Through an inversion of Willis' (1977) focus, the concern is to make explicit the implicitly middle-class identities sixth formers were forging. It is argued that the identity-work of sixth formers plays a part in the reproduction of school-based class inequalities by pathologising working-class students while constructing themselves as bourgeois liberal individuals.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Identification (Psychology), Middle Class, Leisure Time, Recreational Activities, Social Influences, Smoking, Drinking, Drug Abuse, Peer Relationship, Social Bias, Marijuana
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom