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

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posted on 2015-01-01, 00:00 authored by Emma RoweEmma Rowe
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.

History

Journal

Critical studies in education

Volume

56

Issue

3

Pagination

285 - 300

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1750-8487

eISSN

1750-8495

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2015, Taylor & Francis