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Talking your way to the top a sociological examination of the role of elite education in the reproduction of privilege in Irish society

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dc.contributor.author Kennedy, Margaret
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-23T09:26:32Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-23T09:26:32Z
dc.date.issued 2009-11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/7956
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Despite generally being neglected in sociological research, the study of elite schooling provides valuable insights into how educational exclusion operates. The term ‘elite school’ in this paper refers to a small set of Ireland’s most exclusive fee-paying secondary schools. The predominance of the privately educated in key leadership positions highlights the extent to which these exclusive schools act as conduits of privilege, where they not alone determine a student’s academic learning, but also (and perhaps more importantly) “shape students lifestyles and life chances” (Persell & Cookson 1986, p.16). Elite schools provide their students with the necessary skills to enable them to convert valued cultural capital into social resources, and to use these resources to gain wealth, reputation, and power. Consequently, while the time spent in education is generally considered the best single predictor of occupational status and income, this paper argues that where one is educated is possibly of greater significance en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Department of Sociology, University of Limerick en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Socheolas;2(1), pp.70-94
dc.subject elite schooling en_US
dc.subject academic learning en_US
dc.subject reputation en_US
dc.title Talking your way to the top a sociological examination of the role of elite education in the reproduction of privilege in Irish society en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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