Special Edition of the BERA Blog – Social mobility and what it might mean in post-Brexit Britain
1 December 2016
This week the BERA Blog has been guest edited by Kate Hoskins who has commissioned posts that look at social mobility and what it might mean in post-Brexit Britain. Taken together, these posts critique of the concept of social mobility and argue that our understanding needs to change if we are to have a more socially just education system.
- In Agency and Structure: Towards a New Paradigm for Social Mobility in Post-Brexit Britain Kate looks at the historic inability of governments to break the structural inequalities that serve as a barrier to individual mobility.
- Diane Reay focuses on social mobility and education arguing that is has been used as a political cover for continued inequality and created a false promise of individual progress that has undermined collective action.
- Phillip Brown takes a critical lens to the proposed expansion of grammar schools citing evidence that selection entrenches social inequalities while Bernard Barker looks at social mobility and the family, examining how household and family background impact upon an individual’s life chances and aspirations.
- Given all this, Billy Wong asks ‘How realistic is social mobility?’ looking at his own work and arguing that there is there is “only so much room at the top”.