Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
Cahill, K;Hall, K
2014
October
Irish Educational Studies
Choosing schools: explorations in post-primary school choice in an urban Irish working class community
Validated
WOS: 6 ()
Optional Fields
SOCIAL-CLASS CHILDREN MARKETS PARENTS
33
383
397
This paper examines post-primary school choice processes in the urban Irish working-class community of Portown. Here, there is an awareness of hegemonic neoliberal ideals and how school choice becomes a significantly classed space characterised by market ideologies and structural inequality. This critical ethnography explored the world through participant observation, semi-structured interviews over a 3-year period. The data examined here are drawn specifically from investigations into school choice processes. It deploys identity theories as thinking tools to examine the classed nature of engagement with school choice markets. The findings delineate three distinct groups of choosers in this school community: passive transitioners, active choosers and second-schoolers. The findings of the study reveal the entwined and co-constructed nature of identity and social class as well as examining the role played by school choices and differential access to economic, cultural and social resources in these processes.
ABINGDON
0332-3315
10.1080/03323315.2014.978657
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