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Social Haunting, Education, and the Working Class
A Critical Marxist Ethnography in a Former Mining Community

ISBN 9780367568153
Published July 20, 2021 by Routledge
182 Pages

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Book Description

Based on a critical Marxist ethnography, conducted at a state primary school in a former coalmining community in the north of England, this book provides insight into teachers’ perceptions of the effects of deindustrialisation on education for the working class.

The book draws on the notion of social haunting to help understand the complex ways in which historical relations and performances, reflective of the community’s industrial past, continue to shape experiences and processes of schooling. The arguments presented enable us to engage with the ‘goodness’ of the past as well as the pain and suffering associated with deindustrialisation. This, it is argued, enables teachers and pupils to engage with rhythms, relations, and performances that recognise the heritage and complexities of working-class culture. Reckoning and harnessing with the fullness of ghosts is essential if schooling is to be refashioned in more encouraging and relational ways, with and for the working class.

This text will benefit researchers, academics, and educators with an interest in the sociology of education, and social class and education in particular. Those interested in schooling, ethnography, and qualitative social research will also benefit from the book

Table of Contents

Foreword by James Avis


Chapter 1 Social Haunting of Deindustrialisation

Chapter 2 Lillydown – A Working-Class Biography

Chapter 3 Education and Marxism

Chapter 4 The State Apparatus and the Role of Education

Chapter 5 Pedagogy, Curriculum, and Ghosts

Chapter 6 Growing-Up Working-Class: A Sense of Being

Chapter 7 How Class Haunts: Social Stratification in the Classroom

Chapter 8 The Social Haunting of Deindustrialisation: Considerations on a Marxist Pedagogy of Social Haunting


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Kat Simpson is Senior Lecturer in Education and Community Studies at the University of Huddersfield, UK.