Being strategic, being watchful, being determined: Black middle- class parents and schooling

Vincent, Carol; Rollock, Nicola; Ball, Stephen and Gillborn, David. 2012. Being strategic, being watchful, being determined: Black middle- class parents and schooling. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 33(3), pp. 337-354. ISSN 0142-5692 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This paper reports on qualitative data that focus on the educational strat- egies of middle-class parents of Black Caribbean heritage. Drawing on Bourdieu’s key concepts of habitus, capital and field, our focus is an investigation of the differences that are apparent between respondent par- ents in their levels of involvement with regard to schools. We conclude that, within a broadly similar paradigm of active involvement with and monitoring of schools, nuanced differences in parental strategising reflect whether academic achievement is given absolute priority within the home. This, in turn, reflects differential family habitus, and differential possession and activation of capitals.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2012.668833

Keywords:

Black, middle class, parents, Bourdieu

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
25 April 2012Published
20 July 2011Accepted

Item ID:

27823

Date Deposited:

06 Jan 2020 12:02

Last Modified:

06 Jan 2020 12:02

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/27823

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