Working Class Girls, Education and Post-Industrial Britain

Aspirations and Reality in an Ex-Coalmining Community

  • Gill Richards

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Gill Richards
    Pages 1-7
  3. Gill Richards
    Pages 25-33
  4. Gill Richards
    Pages 35-55
  5. Gill Richards
    Pages 77-91
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 93-99

About this book


This book explores the aspirations of 'working class' girls' in an ex-mining community in the UK. It highlights the difficulties present in these 'post-industrial' settings, which are often areas of severe deprivation, and questions whether these place limitations on the achievements of the girls within the community. Based on an eight-year longitudinal study of girls in three primary schools and two secondary schools which differed in levels of attainment, the book examines the girls' initial aspirations, decision-making, and later achievements when in post-compulsory education. It will be compelling reading for students, academics and practitioners in Education, offering a unique appreciation of how working-class girls balance their own aspirations with the educational opportunities perceived to be available to them.


Feminism Post-industrial Sociology of Education Secondary schools Gender and Education ex-coalmining community working class girls post-industrial britain

Authors and affiliations

  • Gill Richards
    • 1
  1. 1.Nottingham Institute of EducationNottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-60899-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-60900-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-6445
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-6453
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