Journal article

Life chances, lifestyle and everyday aspirational strategies and tactics

J Kenway, A Hickey-Moody

Critical Studies in Education | Published : 2011


The notion of raising the aspirations of socially disadvantaged students is a key policy strategy in for enhancing such students' participation in higher education. However, this strategy runs the risk of being simplistic and ineffective unless it is informed by research on the links between aspirations and such students' changing life experiences particularly with regard to the many, often subtle, ways that power and privilege operate. This paper draws on an ethnographic study of young men in schools in regional Australia and shows how their everyday knowledges inform their aspirations. de Certeau's concepts, 'strategy', 'tactic' and 'spatialized knowledges' assist us to understand the know..

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