The Politicization of Parenthood

Volume 5 of the series Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research pp 139-152


The Educational Strategies of the Black Middle Classes

  • Carol VincentAffiliated withInstitute of Education, University of London Email author 
  • , Nicola RollockAffiliated withInstitute of Education, University of London
  • , Stephen BallAffiliated withInstitute of Education, University of London
  • , David GillbornAffiliated withInstitute of Education, University of London

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This chapter draws on data collected as part of a 2-year-funded project into the “educational strategies of the Black middle classes.” The project explores and analyses the educational perspectives, strategies, and experiences of Black-Caribbean-heritage, middle-class families. The demands of being a parent from a minority ethnic group and having to navigate a White-dominated education system have not received a great deal of attention in the UK (although see, for exceptions, Archer 2010; Crozier and Davies 2007; Reynolds 2005). Thus, our research seeks to address a set of complex and relatively neglected questions embedded in the intricate relations between race, social class, and education. Through the study as a whole, we also intend to contribute to the understanding of the intersections of race and class and deconstruct those generalizations used in the media and in research that tend to position Black British people as a homogeneous working class group.