Ethnicity, Class and Aspiration

Ethnicity, Class and Aspiration

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qThis book provides a valuable and original contribution to the existing literature by containing a wealth of new empirical material on London's changing social composition, especially in relation to education.q Paul Watt, Birkbeck College, University of London qTim Butler and Chris Hamnett have produced a compelling analysis of the importance of aspirations and education in understanding social class and ethnicity in contemporary Britain. This thought-provoking book is a `must-read' for all those concerned to make better sense of social change in society.q Diane Reay, Professor of Education, University of Cambridge qWith its focus on the social geography, education and economics of London's East End this book offers a unique and invaluable account of `the local' within a global city over a 40-year period.q Stephen J. Ball, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, Institute of Education, University of London East London has undergone dramatic changes over the last 30 years, primarily as a result of London's large scale de-industrialisation and therise in its financial sector. Large parts of inner East London remain deprived, but a once overwhelmingly white working-class area is now home to a more complex and mobile class and ethnic mix with substantial minority ethnic populations. This topical book focuses on the social, residential and educational aspirations of these different groups and the strategies they have pursued about where to live, driven in part by a concern to ensure a good education for their children. The book focuses on the issues of educational choice and constraint and the key role of school allocation. It will be essential reading for students and academics in sociology, education, urban studies, geography, cultural studies and ethnic studies.... rooted in the docks and associated manufacturing has largely disappeared to be replaced by a new, service-based, economy. ... They have been replaced in part by a large new white-collar lower middle class, working in non-manual employment often in the ... ethnic groups comprised a third of the population in 2001, and this could grow to over 40% by the 2011 Census. ... they have also expanded geographically, moving out into what were previously largely white suburban areas.

Title:Ethnicity, Class and Aspiration
Author:Tim Butler, Chris Hamnett
Publisher:Policy Press - 2011


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