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The Class Feeling

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As the research focuses on those working-class boys who are achieving highly within school, the chapter will consider the complexities of reconciling identity with educational success. This literature for the large part is made up of reflections from once-working-class academics discussing their own experiences. There are some notable exceptions of empirical research with young people attempting to achieve highly within the education system and these important studies are discussed. Issues relating to class identification and class definitions are also explored. The chapter highlights key areas that have not had enough attention within research relating to working-class boys and schooling; namely, how working-class boys negotiate educational success and reconcile this with identity. It ends with detail on the structure of the rest of the book.