Theorising geo-identity and David Harvey’s space: school choices of the geographically bound middle-class

Rowe, Emma 2015, Theorising geo-identity and David Harvey’s space: school choices of the geographically bound middle-class, Critical studies in education, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 285-300, doi: 10.1080/17508487.2014.969288.

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Title Theorising geo-identity and David Harvey’s space: school choices of the geographically bound middle-class
Author(s) Rowe, EmmaORCID iD for Rowe, Emma orcid.org/0000-0002-3747-8070
Journal name Critical studies in education
Volume number 56
Issue number 3
Start page 285
End page 300
Total pages 1617
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1750-8495
Keyword(s) absolute space
class
geography
middle-class
relational space
school choice
gentrification
Summary This paper draws on David Harvey’s theories of absolute and relational space in order to critique geographically bound school choices of the gentrified middle-class in the City of Melbourne, Australia. The paper relies on interviews with inner-city school choosers as generated by a longitudinal ethnographic school choice study. I argue that the participants construct their class-identity in relation to their geographical (or residential) positioning and this influences their schooling choices. In the light of this argument, I theorise geo-identity in thinking about how geographies inform and instruct identity and choice. This paper contributes by offering a focused analysis of Harvey’s spatial theories and class-identity in processes of choice.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17508487.2014.969288
Field of Research 160809 Sociology of Education
Socio Economic Objective 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074739

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