Markets, schools and the convertibility of economic capital : the complex dynamics of class choice

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dc.contributor.author Lynch, Kathleen
dc.contributor.author Moran, Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-30T16:05:30Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-30T16:05:30Z
dc.date.copyright 2006 Taylor & Francis en
dc.date.issued 2006-04
dc.identifier.citation British Journal of Sociology and Education en
dc.identifier.issn 1465-3346 (electronic)
dc.identifier.issn 0142-5692 (paper)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2484
dc.description.abstract While economic capital is not synonymous with cultural, social or symbolic capital in either its constitutional or organisational form, it nevertheless remains the more flexible and convertible form of capital. The convertibility of economic capital has particular resonance within ‘Celtic Tiger’ Ireland. The State’s reluctance to fully endorse an internal market between schools has resulted in middle class parents using their private wealth to create an educational market outside State control in the private sector to help secure the class futures of their children. Using data from recent studies of second-level education in Republic of Ireland, and data compiled on the newly emerging ‘grind’ schools (businesses selling educational programmes on a purely commercial basis outside the control of the Department of Education and Science), we outline how the availability of economic capital allows well-off middle class parents to choose fee-paying schooling, or to opt out of the formal school sector entirely to employ market solutions to their class ambitions. The data also show that schools are not passive actors in the class game; they actively collude in the class project to their own survival advantage.Focusing too much on the dynamics of parental choice between schools leads to a neglect of the markets in education being created outside of the school system: the ‘choice’ that exists is no longer simply between schools, but also between schools and private businesses. Focus on parental choice also forecloses debate about the central roles that schools themselves play in perpetuating class inequality. en
dc.description.sponsorship Not applicable en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en
dc.subject Social class en
dc.subject School choice en
dc.subject Capitalism en
dc.subject Bourdieu en
dc.subject Markets in education en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Social classes--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh School choice--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Education--Economic aspects--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Schools--Ireland--Admission en
dc.title Markets, schools and the convertibility of economic capital : the complex dynamics of class choice en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions Publisher's version en
dc.internal.webversions http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425690600556362 en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 27 en
dc.identifier.issue 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 221 en
dc.identifier.endpage 235 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/01425690600556362
dc.neeo.contributor Lynch|Kathleen|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Moran|Marie|aut| en
dc.description.admin ti,ke.kpw30/9/10 en


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