Where Is Class in the Analysis of Working-Class Education?

John Smyth, Robin Simmons

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This chapter provides the backdrop and sets the tone for the book. It begins by scoping out some of the challenges and injustices facing working-class youth, and by highlighting some of the mismatches between the structures and processes of education and the lives of many working-class young people. It then goes on to develop an alternative agenda which, it is argued, is necessary to engage working-class youth in relevant and meaningful ways, and to challenge the dominant structures of schooling and education which systematically disadvantage so many young people. The chapter finishes by proving a brief overview of the chapters which follow, and by highlighting some of the key themes explored in the rest of the book.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation and Working-Class Youth
Subtitle of host publicationReshaping the Politics of Inclusion
EditorsRobin Simmons, John Smyth
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan, Cham
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9783319906713
ISBN (Print)9783319906706, 9783030080709
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2018


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