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Critical Geographies of Childhood and YouthContemporary Policy and Practice$
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Peter Kraftl, John Horton, and Faith Tucker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428462

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428462.001.0001

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School choice versus social cohesion: examining the ways education policies shape children's geographies in the UK

School choice versus social cohesion: examining the ways education policies shape children's geographies in the UK

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(p.115) Seven School choice versus social cohesion: examining the ways education policies shape children's geographies in the UK
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Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth
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Susie Weller

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428462.003.0007

Drawing on a four-year study that explored the significance of social capital for children and parents during the transition to secondary school, this chapter explores the relationship between families' responses to school choice policies and children's everyday geographies. In so doing, it reflects critically on the spatial connotations of, and tensions between (national) school choice policies and wider drives by the New Labour government to promote (local) cohesion. It is apparent that from parents' and children's perspectives that imagined, aspirational and fearful geographies are implicated in the process of school choice.

Keywords:   School choice, Geographies of education, Social capital, Class, Community cohesion

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