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No fear: privilege and the navigation of hierarchy at an elite boys’ school in England

Taylor, Emma (2021) No fear: privilege and the navigation of hierarchy at an elite boys’ school in England. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 42 (7). pp. 935-950. ISSN 0142-5692

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01425692.2021.1953374


This article seeks to contribute to the growing scholarship on elite schooling through an ethnographic study into the distinct micro-practices of the formation and reproduction of privilege taking place within an elite boys' school in England. The article focuses on the significance of the teacher-student hierarchy as a prism through which to view some of the socialisation processes taking place at the school. Ultimately, it shows that the 'flattened' nature of the teacher-student hierarchy results in the students being given the space to learn how to navigate relationships with those in authority without fear or trepidation, thus contributing toward the inculcation of a certain form of embodied privilege or so called 'ease.' Furthermore, it is both the successes as well as the failures in the students' attempts to navigate hierarchies that contribute toward the formation and reproduction of privilege in such settings.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2021 14:00
Last Modified: 23 May 2024 21:30

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