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Bernstein e a classe média

Author(s): Sally Power | Geoff Whitty

Journal: Práxis Educativa
ISSN 1809-4031

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 119;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Basil Bernstein | Middle Class | Educational biographies

This paper explores Basil Bernstein’s insights into education and social class, and in particular the relevance of his work for understanding the British middle class. Bernstein is one of the few sociologists of education to recognise and explore differences and tensions within the middle class. We begin by exploring some of the influences of Bernstein’s theorization of social class in general, and outline his main ideas on the relationship between the middle class and education in particular. We then examine the relevance of his work for research on education and middle-class differentiation through drawing on data from our ‘Destined for Success’ project. This project traced the educational biographies of 300 young men and women from the beginning of their promising educational secondary school career to their mid-twenties. We argue that the distinctive dispositions and orientations of the ‘new’ and ‘old’ middle class proposed by Bernstein are evident within parental preferences for types of school, processes of student engagement and, ultimately, differentiated middle-class identities.
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