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Class Choreographies

Elite Schools and Globalization

  • Provides a unique analysis of how elite schools harness globalization in the interests of privilege and power

  • Dissects the global forces, connections and imaginations they activate in the service of social class

  • Examines elite schools, in former British Empire colonies, through a postcolonial lens

  • Shows how histories, principals, curriculum and students are implicated in class formations and relations over time and place

  • Develops and deploys the distinctive method —multi-sited global ethnography

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jane Kenway, Johannah Fahey, Debbie Epstein, Aaron Koh, Cameron McCarthy, Fazal Rizvi
    Pages 1-15
  3. Jane Kenway, Johannah Fahey, Debbie Epstein, Aaron Koh, Cameron McCarthy, Fazal Rizvi
    Pages 17-48
  4. Jane Kenway, Johannah Fahey, Debbie Epstein, Aaron Koh, Cameron McCarthy, Fazal Rizvi
    Pages 49-77
  5. Jane Kenway, Johannah Fahey, Debbie Epstein, Aaron Koh, Cameron McCarthy, Fazal Rizvi
    Pages 79-106
  6. Jane Kenway, Johannah Fahey, Debbie Epstein, Aaron Koh, Cameron McCarthy, Fazal Rizvi
    Pages 107-134
  7. Jane Kenway, Johannah Fahey, Debbie Epstein, Aaron Koh, Cameron McCarthy, Fazal Rizvi
    Pages 135-168
  8. Jane Kenway, Johannah Fahey, Debbie Epstein, Aaron Koh, Cameron McCarthy, Fazal Rizvi
    Pages 169-196
  9. Jane Kenway, Johannah Fahey, Debbie Epstein, Aaron Koh, Cameron McCarthy, Fazal Rizvi
    Pages 197-225
  10. Jane Kenway, Johannah Fahey, Debbie Epstein, Aaron Koh, Cameron McCarthy, Fazal Rizvi
    Pages 227-245
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 247-281

About this book

Introduction

Awarded Best Book prize by CIES Globalization and Education SIG

Awarded 2nd Prize in the Society of Educational Studies Annual Book Prize

Elite schools have always been social choreographers par excellence. The world over, they put together highly dexterous performances as they stage and restage changing relations of ruling. They are adept at aligning their social choreographies to shifting historical conditions and cultural tastes. In multiple theatres, they now regularly rehearse the irregular art of being global. Elite schools around the world are positioned at the intersecting pinnacles of various scales, systems and regimes of social, cultural, political and economic power. They have much in common but are also diverse. They illustrate how various modalities of power are enjoyed and put to work and how educational and social inequalities are shaped and shifted. They, thus, speak to the social zeitgeist. This book dissects this intricate choreography.

Keywords

Social Inequality Social class Equity Elitism Private schools Global education globalization international relations

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.School of EducationUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.Faculty of EducationChinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina
  5. 5.African American StudiesUniversity of IllinoisUrbana, ILUSA
  6. 6.Melbourne Graduate School of EducationUniversity of MelbourneCarltonAustralia

About the authors

Jane Kenway is Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow, Professor of Global Education Studies at Monash University, Australia, and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Australia. 

Johannah Fahey is Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. 

Debbie Epstein, Professor of Cultural Studies in Education at Roehampton University, UK, became an academic after a career in school teaching.

Aaron Koh is Associate Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Administration and Policy, Hong Kong. 

Cameron McCarthy is Research Professor and University Scholar in the Global Studies in Education Division of the Educational Policy Department of the University of Illinois, USA. 

Fazal Rizvi is Professor in Global Studies in Education at The University of Melbourne, Australia and is also an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign, USA. 

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“This book is a compelling account of the ultra-serviceability of the English public school ethos and its masculinist, class-ridden and exclusionary practices. … The result is a sociological tour de force. … This is a monograph to savour, even if its main subjects’ selfish and rampant individualism are themselves deeply unappealing.” (Valerie Hey, Comparative Education, January, 2018)