A darker shade of pale? Whiteness, the middle classes and multi-ethnic inner city schooling

Reay, D., Hollingworth, S., Williams, K., Crozier, G., Jamieson, F., James, D. and Beedell, P. (2007) A darker shade of pale? Whiteness, the middle classes and multi-ethnic inner city schooling. Sociology, 41 (6). pp. 1041-1060. ISSN 0038-0385 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/10428

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038507082314


Drawing on data from interviews with 63 London-based families, this article argues that there are difficult and uncomfortable issues around whiteness in multi-ethnic contexts. Even those parents, such as the ones in our sample, who actively choose ethnically diverse comprehensive schools appear to remain trapped in white privilege despite their political and moral sentiments. This is a complicated question of value; of having value, finding value in, getting value from, and adding value. Even those white middle classes committed to multi-ethnic schooling face the perils of middle-class acquisitiveness, extracting value from, as they find value in, their multi-ethnic `other'. In such processes of generating use and exchange value a majority of both the white working classes and the black working classes, those who are perceived not to share white middle-class values, are residualized and positioned as excessive. Symbolically, they come to represent the abject `other' of no value.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:multi-ethnic schooling, inner city schooling, middle classes, whiteness
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Education and Childhood
ID Code:10428
Deposited By: J. Dobbyn
Deposited On:20 Jul 2010 14:28
Last Modified:02 Apr 2016 17:21

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