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Negotiating Habitus

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Publication date2018
Host publicationWorking-Class Boys and Educational Success: Teenage Identities, Masculinities and Urban Schooling
EditorsNicola Ingram
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9781137401595
ISBN (Print)9781137401588
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Gender and Education
ISSN (Print)2524-6445


This chapter focuses on the experiences of the working-class boys within the grammar school and how (or whether) these boys reconcile their habitus with the institutional habitus of the school. The relationship between the boys’ habitus and the habitus promoted, inculcated, and valued by the institution will be discussed. The school has a very academic ethos and the boys are expected to comply and demonstrate particular dispositions. At the same time the boys have grown up in a working-class neighbourhood where dispositions have developed that are not necessarily aligned with the school field. This chapter explores some of the tensions that arise when the boys’ habitus encounter the school field. © 2018, The Author(s).