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Middle Class Identity and Education: A Review Essay

reviewed by David M. Callejo Pérez - 2004

coverTitle: Middle Class Identity and Education: A Review Essay
Author(s): Ellen Brantlinger
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 041593298X, Pages: 240, Year: 2003
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What is middle class? I often find myself asking this question when I hear graduate students speak critically about how schools cater to the middle class, and how middle class values dominate education. I am also guilty of these generalizations. I imagine privileged, suburban, Caucasian, sterilized, clean neighborhoods named Valhalla Gardens or Tangerine Gardens, names more appropriate for nineteenth century health retreats or Florida citrus farms, with gigantic malls and supermarkets, billboards, SUVs, no sidewalks; removed from urban areas, by distance if not economy. Of course, I am influenced by my American upbringing, a son of immigrants, a product of the middle class, etc. The middle class and its views on education are explored in Stephen J. Ball’s Class strategies and the education market: The Middle classes and social advantage and Ellen Brantlinger’s Dividing classes: How the middle class negotiates and rationalizes school advantage. Both authors attempt to shed light on the complexities of what it means... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 347-354
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11192, Date Accessed: 8/13/2020 2:33:46 PM

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  • David Callejo Pérez
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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    DAVID M. CALLEJO PÉREZ is an assistant professor of Curriculum Studies and Culture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His work addresses the role of culture, politics, history, and identity in schools and curriculum. He is the author of Southern Hospitality (2001) and Pedagogy of Hope along with Stephen Fain and Judith Slater, and is working on The Story of a School (2004). Callejo Pérez has also written several articles on identity and education in Cuba and rural America.
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