05 SES 06, Papers on Social Mobility via Education, Ethnic Segregation and Life Strategies of Families
In most countries children and youth from lower social class as well as from migrant families face disadvantages and institutional discrimination in educational organisations, such as school (i.e. ). Furthermore, their own decisions on educational transitions, their attitudes towards formal education as well as their habits and practices of learning prevent successful educational careers (i.e. Willis 1968; Bourdieu/Passeron 1990).
Based on assumptions from a theory of practice (i.e. Reckwitz 2005) and sociology of knowledge (i.e. Mannheim 1980) educational practices are understood as contextual, relating to ones social position in relation to class, gender, ethnicity, generation and so on. As patterns of behaviour they evolve from individual history of socialisation. Young people growing up in social worlds where formal education and educational certificates are not valued, where distrust is directed to school as a public institution and where no cultural practices exist supporting institutional academic education have significant problems to carry out a successful educational career and to reach higher qualifications than ones parents. Therefore, in relation to underprivileged families social mobility via education can be understood as innovation to biographical planning as well as living together: new educational practices emerge. How is this going on?
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