Social mixing in urban schools: class, race and exchange-value friendships

Hollingworth, Sumi (2019) Social mixing in urban schools: class, race and exchange-value friendships. The Sociological Review. ISSN 0038-0261

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Based on empirical, qualitative research on ‘social mixing’ in multi-ethnic London schools, this paper argues for a conceptualisation of social mixing as an exchange of the self. Through analysis of three working-class, minority ethnic students who attempt to ‘cross borders’ into White middle-class subcultures, I explore the differing capital value embodied in their raced, classed and gendered identity positions. Friendships across this border are characterised by ‘semi-investments’ on both sides, and promise only partial possibilities for social mobility via social mixing, though limited access to academic capital and embodied Whiteness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social mix, friendship, value, social class, ethnicity, youth, education
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Department: Library Services and Special Collections
Depositing User: Michael Stringer
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 14:24
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2020 11:22


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