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Introduction to 'A Gendered Perspective on Learning to Labour'

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This paper presents an auto-ethnographic study of the personal experience of learning to labour. Heather Hopfl reflects on the prospects and opportunities presented to her as part of her life and experiences of learning to labour during the same period as Willis's study: which, of course, is specific to young men. Consequently, the paper reflects on the implications of class location and life chances, on the social engineering experimentation of the 1950s and 60s, on the options presented by a grammar school education and on the impossibility of return occasioned by such opportunities. It discusses the escape routes open to some but closed to many.

Acceptance Date Jan 28, 2015
Publication Date Mar 4, 2016
Journal Culture and Organization
Print ISSN 1475-9551
Publisher Routledge
Pages 85-94
Keywords Paul Willis, learning to labour, class expectations, grammar school
education, education and social engineering
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