Politics, religion and morals: the symbolism of public schooling for the urban middle-class identity

Rowe, Emma 2017, Politics, religion and morals: the symbolism of public schooling for the urban middle-class identity, International studies in sociology of education, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 36-50, doi: 10.1080/09620214.2016.1200479.

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Title Politics, religion and morals: the symbolism of public schooling for the urban middle-class identity
Author(s) Rowe, EmmaORCID iD for Rowe, Emma orcid.org/0000-0002-3747-8070
Journal name International studies in sociology of education
Volume number 26
Issue number 1
Start page 36
End page 50
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1747-5066
Keyword(s) middle-class
school choice
urban education
public schools
social class
Summary Research points to sections of the middle-class repopulating the ‘ordinary’ urban public school and whilst there are key differences in how they are navigating public school choices, from ‘seeking a critical mass’ (Posey-Maddox, Kimelberg, and Cucchiara 2014) to resisting traditional methods of choice and going ‘against-the-grain’ (Reay, Crozier, and James 2013), or collectively campaigning for a brand new public school, the urban middle-class are developing contemporary methods to challenge the existing ways of thinking about middle-class choice. Drawing on this literature, this paper explores the symbolism of public schooling for relatively affluent choosers in the city of Melbourne, Australia. The positioning of public schooling as essentially secular and liberal indicates how the public school is valorised within the contemporary market place. Within a market that tends to under-sell the public school, the perceived lack of organized religion and progressivism may be the unique selling point for the cosmopolitan, globalized consumer.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09620214.2016.1200479
Field of Research 130106 Secondary Education
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
1608 Sociology
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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