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Youth, family and education: exploring the Greek case of parentocracy

Katartzi, Eugenia (2017) Youth, family and education: exploring the Greek case of parentocracy. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 26 (3). pp. 310-325. ISSN 0962-0214

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Based on a qualitative study conducted in austerity-stricken Greece, the paper provides a micro-level exploration of the mechanics of intergenerational transmission of (dis)advantage. Utilising the Bourdieusian toolbox, the paper enquires into familial practices through the lens of young people’s perceptions, focusing on the mobilisation of capitals, the inculcation and transformation of habitus taking place in the Greek educational field. In-depth interview material unpacks the pedagogic efforts young people and their families make, indicating that these are contingent on the varied volume and composition of capitals and the distinct distances from necessity that in turn constrain or afford the exercise of agency and the investments in the academic market. Further, the analysis sheds light on young people’s accounts of educational and occupational expectations illustrating how these are tightly interweaved with familial legacies and parental wishes, and underpinned by the projects of distinction, mobility and respectability through education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Studies in Sociology of Education on 11th April 2017, available online:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > L Education (General)
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Early Years Childhood Youth and Community Research
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Depositing User: Eugenia Katartzi
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2017 09:40
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 15:50


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