Kindergartners’ Development of Privileged Subjectivities within an Elite School

Allison S. Henward, Donna J. Grace

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This case study investigates how kindergarten children thought and talked about their school in three socially stratified school settings: public, charter and private, and the extent to which they grasped sociocultural understandings related to social class. Data included field notes, interviews with the children and teachers, and parent surveys. A Bourdieuian lens illuminated emergent themes. Results indicate that children in the elite setting had developed sophisticated understandings of their privileged social locations and understood their position as distinct from other children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)488-498
Number of pages11
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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