White Middle Class Identities and Urban Schooling

White Middle Class Identities and Urban Schooling By Dr Gill Crozier
Decades of neo-liberal reforms have established a market in secondary schooling, where ‘choice’ and ‘diversity’ are expected to drive up standards and maximize individual responsibility. This is known to favour middle class people. But what of those middle classes deliberately choosing ordinary and even ‘low performing’ secondary schools for their children? What are their motives, and how do they experience the choice? What is it like for the young people themselves? Where do they end up? And what does all this show us about contemporary white middle class identity and its formation?This groundbreaking study offers some answers to these questions. Based on detailed fieldwork with parents and children, it examines ‘against-the-grain’ school choices, looking in particular at family history, locality, the nature of ‘choice’ itself and associated anxieties, relationships to other ethnic groups and to whiteness, and the implications for democracy. The book highlights an inescapable acquisitiveness but also more hopeful dimensions of contemporary white middle class identity.
Loved White Middle Class Identities and Urban Schooling,it was in my book club and we’ve been passing it around. I actually learned quite a bit as well. really kept me turning the pages,hard to put down.
Even if you are not a fan Dr Gill Crozier or know little about this this is an excellent book to own…