Archive for November, 2015
An interesting aspect of changing class structures in late-modernity is the various ways different strata seek to carve out class identities and niches – with the middle-classes in particular seeking to distance themselves from their “social inferiors” in a range of novel ways:
- from “moral disgust” (the working class as “disgusted subjects”)
- to well-developed “taste cultures” (distinctions based on highly subjective, ill-defined, criteria used create arbitrary social distinctions).
Recent media hand-wringing about “snobbery” is an interesting dimension to this debate.
One aspect of the debate surrounding explanations for differences in achievement is the idea of material deprivation – and while this has, in recent times, fallen out-of-favour (particularly with politicians and media organisations, a new report from the Children’s Commission gives a new impetus to the idea that poverty remains a hugely-significant factor in any understanding of achievement differences. You can download: