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By C. Zmroczek

ISBN-10: 0203992156

ISBN-13: 9780203992159

ISBN-10: 0748405402

ISBN-13: 9780748405404

This article makes a speciality of the idea of sophistication because it pertains to girls. It debates questions resembling: how do girls outline themselves when it comes to social type and why?; is definition very important or not?; what half does schooling play in our realizing of class?; and the way does type have an effect on relationships?

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As a professional woman, a sociologist, with a growing leaning towards feminist explanations, and from a working-class background, my experiences as a mature student were seen as a valuable and appreciated resource. The students had a role model—I had done it—been to university in my mid-thirties with a husband, three children and a home to take care of, got a degree and was now in a respected profession. Many of these mature students were encouraged to go on to higher education and on becoming a part-time university lecturer, I continued with this informal support system, remembering the isolation I had felt during the first year as an adult learner studying at this level.

The working classes are no longer entitled to a sense of unfairness because everything from their financial situation and the state of their health to their children’s schooling has been repackaged under late capitalism as the responsibility of the individual alone. The answer is not to further empower ourselves within academic hierarchies but to listen to, and learn from, the still working-class woman so that there is an erosion of status hierarchies based on educational qualifications and/or wealth.

This research is totally qualitative, using a grounded theory approach. Around forty-nine women, enrolled on a variety of courses in further and higher education at institutions in and around the Sheffield area, participated in the interviewing. The women come from a wide range of social situations— some women are married/partnered, some single, some divorced, and their current socio-economic positions vary, ranging from fairly affluent middle-class households to women living in a deprived area (Castle estate) which attracts development grants from the European Social Fund.

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