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Elite Schools

Multiple Geographies of Privilege, 1st Edition

Edited by Aaron Koh, Jane Kenway


248 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Geography matters to elite schools — to how they function and flourish, to how they locate themselves and their Others. Like their privileged clientele they use geography as a resource to elevate themselves. They mark, and market, place. This collection, as a whole, reads elite schools through a spatial lens. It offers fresh lines of inquiry to the ‘new sociology of elite schools.’ Collectively the authors examine elite schools and systems in different parts of the world. They highlight the ways that these schools, and their clients, operate within diverse local, national, regional, and global contexts in order to shape their own and their clients’ privilege and prestige. The collection also points to the uses of the transnational as a resource via the International Baccalaureate, study tours, and the discourses of global citizenship. Building on research about social class, meritocracy, privilege, and power in education, it offers inventive critical lenses and insights particularly from the ‘Global South.’ As such it is an intervention in global power/knowledge geographies.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Overview


Introduction: Reading the Dynamics of Educational Privilege through a Spatial Lens

Aaron Koh and Jane Kenway


1. Becoming the Man: Redefining Asian Masculinity in an Elite Boarding School

Wee Loon Yeo

2. Capitalizing on Well-Roundedness: Chinese Students’ Cultural Mediations in an Elite Australian School

Yujia Wang

3. The Emergence of Elite International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Schools in China: A ‘Skyboxification’ Perspective

Moosung Lee, Ewan Wright, and Allan Walker

4. Elite Schoolboys Becoming Global Citizens: Examining the Practice of Habitus

Chin Ee Loh

5. The Joy of Privilege: Elite Private School Online Promotions and the Promise of Happiness

Christopher Drew, Kristina Gottschall, Natasha Wardman, and Sue Saltmarsh

6. Old Boy Networks: The Relationship between Elite Schooling, Social Capital, and Positions of Power in British Society

Shane Watters

7. Exclusive Consumers: The Discourse of Privilege in Elite Indian School Websites

Radha Iyer

8. The Insiders: Changing Forms of Reproduction in Education

Hugues Draelants

9. Can Geographies of Privilege and Oppression Combine?: Elite Education in Northern Portugal

Eunice Macedo and Helena C. Araújo

10. "We Are Not Elite Schools": Studying the Symbolic Capital of Swiss Boarding Schools

Caroline Bertron

11. Tourism, Educational Travel, and Transnational Capital: From the Grand Tour to the "Year Abroad" among Sciences Po-Paris Students

Bertrand Réau

12. Schools and Families: School Choice and Formation of Elites in Present Day Argentina

Sandra Ziegler

13. The Economy of Eliteness: Consuming Educational Advantage

Howard Prosser



About the Editors

Aaron Koh is Associate Professor of Literacy and English Education at Griffith University, Australia.

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

About the Series

Education in Global Context

Education in Global Context takes seriously the transnational migration of commerce, capital and peoples, and the implications of such for education and social structure in global context. Globalization—in the world economy, in patterns of migration, and increasingly in education—affects all of us. The increasingly globalized and knowledge based economy renders the linkages between education and social and economic outcomes and arrangements empirically "up for grabs" in a wide variety of nations while simultaneously more important than ever. This series underscores the consequences of the global both internationally and here at home while simultaneously stressing the importance of a paradigmatic shift in our understanding of schooling and social/economic arrangements.

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