Habitus and homeland: Educational aspirations, family life and culture in autobiographical narratives of educational experience in rural Wales

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dc.contributor.author Baker, Sally
dc.contributor.author Brown, Brian J.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-08T11:47:37Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-08T11:47:37Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Baker, S. and Brown, B.J. (2008) Habitus and homeland: Educational aspirations, family life and culture in autobiographical narratives of educational experience in rural Wales. Socioloogia Ruralis, 28 (1), pp. 57-72. en
dc.identifier.issn 0038-0199
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/2458
dc.description.abstract We use the concept of habitus to illuminate the autobiographical narratives of participants from disadvantaged backgrounds in mid-twentieth century rural Wales who were successful at university. The participants' constructions of their habitus and aspirations drew upon a number of themes that intersected with their ideas of Welsh culture. Images of Welsh culture, history and national identity played a significant role in their accounts. The participants' 'aspirational habitus' involved a rich blend of images and symbolic resources and a sense that they had a right to be at university. This has implications for how we conceive of habitus and its role in guiding people from rural to largely urban intellectual cultures. The participants' experiences were made possible by virtue of the isolation of their rural communities and the corresponding significance of their social milieu, which consolidated their value system by attaching considerable significance to ! educational achievement. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Wiley Blackwell en
dc.subject Wales en
dc.subject rural en
dc.subject habitus en
dc.subject education en
dc.title Habitus and homeland: Educational aspirations, family life and culture in autobiographical narratives of educational experience in rural Wales en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9523.2008.00449.x
dc.researchgroup Participation & Social Justice
dc.researchgroup Psychology
dc.researchgroup Health Policy
dc.researchgroup Mary Seacole Research Centre
dc.researchgroup Health Policy Research Unit


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